Man Ray has been a vital piece of the bigger picture of contemporary culture as we still know it all these years later.
I have always marveled at the provoking black & white exposures, as he seems to be the only one of his era who was taking issues brought forth by Walter Benjamin’s “Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction” and turning It all on its ass with one of a kind exposures.
Of course this is not the main implication of WB’s essay, nor is it all that factual, since the end result has given in to what the theory of the text shouts in agony – as we have the ability to view any piece of art or hear most any piece of music these days thru ever stronger interpolation algorithms.
I often sit with my box of B/W postcards (which I have never used) that were given to me by a friend who was on a lecture schedule on the other side of the country. Tristan Tzara, Nancy Cunard, Paul Eluard, Max Ernst, Marcel Duchamp, and of course the famous Violon D’Ingres, etc are all within the form or context of the images, but my favorite would be the careful detail of the ‘primitive’ Bronislava Nijinska with all of her fervent static charm of a pseudo ethnicity – shocked in awe of a mechanical device pointed at her confused visage, pointed teeth emitting from a painted-open over-sized mouth.
Juliet in stocking mask 1945
Man Ray https://theartstack.com/artist/man-ray/juliet-stocking-mask-1