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Man Ray's photography would come to play an important role in the Surrealist movement. Although he had first bought a camera in 1915 to document his paintings, he now wanted to become a professional portrait photographer. Some of his very first sitters were his Parisian Surrealist and Dadaist friends, such as Cocteau and Duchamp. This work soon led to commissions and those who wanted a cutting-edge photographic portrait sought out Man Ray's talents and originality. Man Ray was becoming the official photographer of the Surrealist movement; he would be there for openings, parties and exhibitions to record the events.

Emmanuel Radnitsky was born in Philadelphia in 1890. The son of poor Russian immigrants, he spent part of his childhood in Philadelphia and then moved with his family to Brooklyn at the age of seven. After Emmanuel's graduation from high school in 1911, his parents changed the family's surname from Radnitsky to Ray. Emmanuel followed suit shortly thereafter, changing his first name to Man.

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Man Ray's photography would come to play an important role in the Surrealist movement. Although he had first bought a camera in 1915 to document his paintings, he now wanted to become a professional portrait photographer. Some of his very first sitters were his Parisian Surrealist and Dadaist friends, such as Cocteau and Duchamp. This work soon led to commissions and those who wanted a cutting-edge photographic portrait sought out Man Ray's talents and originality. Man Ray was becoming the official photographer of the Surrealist movement; he would be there for openings, parties and exhibitions to record the events.

Emmanuel Radnitsky was born in Philadelphia in 1890. The son of poor Russian immigrants, he spent part of his childhood in Philadelphia and then moved with his family to Brooklyn at the age of seven. After Emmanuel's graduation from high school in 1911, his parents changed the family's surname from Radnitsky to Ray. Emmanuel followed suit shortly thereafter, changing his first name to Man. More...

 
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