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The National Portrait Gallery, London

is currently presenting an exhibition on

the portrait photography of American photographic innovateur

Man Ray

Participant in dadaism and surrealist artistic expression, friend and collaborator

with the literary and artistic lights of 1920s/1930s Parisian intellectual community,

Man Ray invented the photographic technique – solarisation,

which transformed and elevated the photographic arts.

A solarised print reverses tonal quality of an image:

light areas present dark; dark areas present light.

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Man Ray, self portrait with camera – solarised print, 1930

(image from wsj.com)

Man Ray :






National Portrait Gallery – London

until 27 May 2013