Man Ray

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Full NameEmmanuel Radnitzky
Known AsMan Ray
Date of BirthAugust 27, 1890
Place of BirthPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
Date of DeathNovember 18, 1976
Place of DeathParis, France
OccupationVisual artist
Art MovementsDada, Surrealism
Notable MediaPainting, photography, assemblage, collage, film
Famous ForPioneering photography, fashion and portrait photography, “rayographs” (photograms)
SpousesAdon Lacroix (m. 1914; div. 1937), Juliet Browner (m. 1946)
PartnerLee Miller (1929–1932)
BackgroundThe eldest child of Russian Jewish immigrants, Melach “Max” Radnitzky and Manya “Minnie” Radnitzky (née Lourie)
SiblingsBrother: Sam; Sisters: Dorothy “Dora” and Essie (or Elsie)
Early LifeThe family settled in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York; changed their surname to Ray in 1912 due to ethnic discrimination
Signature TechniquePhotograms called “rayographs”
Career HighlightsSignificant contributor to the Dada and Surrealist movements; considered himself primarily a painter
LegacyKnown for innovative and pioneering contributions to photography and visual arts

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