Man Ray’s Avant-Garde Portraits of Famous Friends

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Man Ray’s most prolific years were during his time in Paris in the 1920s. The artist left New York for France’s bohemian metropolis where the former painter and Dadaist was embraced by the Surrealist community, and his photography career started to take shape. Most of Man Ray’s models were the hipster elite of his social circle — famous friends with impressive careers of their own, many burgeoning legends in the art and literary worlds. He took snaps of everyone from a baby-faced Salvador Dalí, Hemingway, New York collaborator Marcel Duchamp, and model-cum-muse and photographer Lee Miller. The portraits are modern (several look like they were taken just yesterday), bold, humorous, and quintessentially Man Ray. Check out our gallery past the break for a closer look.

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Lee Miller, Paris, 1929

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Ernest Hemingway, Paris, 1923

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André Breton, Paris, 1928

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Marcel Duchamp, Paris, 1921

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Jacqueline Goddard, Paris, 1930

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Salvador Dalí, Paris, 1929

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Joan Miró, Paris, 1928

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Bronislava Nijinska, Paris, 1922

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Antonin Artaud, Paris, 1926

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Nancy Cunard, Paris, circa 1925

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Ezra Pound, Paris, 1923

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Denise Tual, Paris, 1935