Man Ray / ”Don’t put my name on it”

Posted on October 18, 2015 by


man ray(Sinceră să fiu nu prea empatizez eu cu Man Ray – sau Michael Radnitzky , numele său real–  , aşa cum nu pot nici cu Warhol, dar mi se pare interesant procedeul fotogramelor, sau aşa cu le-a numit Man Ray  – ”Rayograme”/ ”Rayographs”, fotografii fără aparat foto. Man Ray a fost numit de Cocteau „marele poet al camerei obscure” cel mai probabil din cauza acestora. Voi pune ce mi-a plăcut mie din creaţia acestui fotograf, plus citate. Sper să vă placă.)


There is no progress in art, any more than there is progress in making love. There are simply different ways of doing it.


  • There is … your high bridge in Pasadena from which every once in a while someone jumps off, committing suicide. There is no question of removing the bridge. Poems have been written by well-known authors that are supposed to have driven love-sick young people to suicide. These works are not banned. Thousands lose their lives in automobile accidents, yet nothing is done to restrain manufacturers from building lethal instruments that can do more than 30 miles an hour. To me, a painter, if not the most useful, is the least harmful member of our society. An unskilled cook or doctor can put our lives in danger. l have tried … to paint a picture that would, like the beautiful head of Medusa, turn the spectator to stone … so that certain ones who looked at it would drop dead … but l have not yet succeeded!
  • In response to criticism of controversial paintings, in Self Portrait (1963), p. 342

m1l paint what cannot be photographed, and l photograph what l do not wish to paint. lf it is a portrait that interests me, a face, or a nude, I will use my camera. It is quicker than making a drawing or a painting. But if it is something I cannot photograph, like a dream or a subconscious impulse I have to resort to drawing or painting. To express what I feel I use the medium best suited to express that idea, which is also always the most economical one. l am not at all interested in being consistent as a painter, and object-maker or a photographer. I can use several different techniques, like the old masters who were engineers, musicians and poets at the same time. I have never shared the contempt shown by painters for photography: there is no competition involved, painting and photography are two media engaged in different paths. There is no conflict between the two.

  • As quoted in Man Ray : The Rigour of Imagination (1977) by Arturo Schwarz, p. 10


I like contradictions. We have never attained the infinite variety and contradictions that exist in nature. Tomorrow I shall contradict myself. That is the one way I have of asserting my liberty, the real liberty one does not find as a member of society.


Cut out the eye from a photograph of one who has been loved but is seen no more. Attach the eye to the pendulum of a metronome and regulate the weight to suit the tempo desired. Keep going to the limit of endurance. With a hammer well-aimed, try to destroy the whole at a single blow.


An original is a creation motivated by desire. Any reproduction of an originals motivated be necessity. It is marvelous that we are the only species that creates gratuitous forms. To create is divine, to reproduce is human.


A creator needs only one enthusiast to justify him.


Don’t put my name on it. These are simply documents I make.

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