Man Ray and the fashion, the woman universe
Exhibition at the Luxembourg Museum until March 3 2021, with the support of RNM, le Grand Palais and the city of Marseille, 75 Vaugirard steeet, 75006 Paris, daily open (1.30 am - 7pm), phone : 01.46.34.31.19, ticket full price : 13€.
The exhibition "Man Ray and the fashion, the woman universe" deals with an unknown part of the photographer Man Ray art work. During the roaring twenties he understands that fashion will take a higher part in the modern societies and he decides after having invented the solarisation process with Lee Miller to become fashion photographer. Man Ray improves a real fascination for woman body he wants to highlight for underlining the sensuality. He uses the writing press rising between 1918 to 1939 for making some fashion photographies because he knew that papers really need this kind of pictures. He begins by shooting his nearest people (Kiki de Montparnasse, ...) and after his American friends and women belonging to the upper class. In 1933 he collaborates with the famous fashion magazine Harper Bazaar and always tries to build links between fashion press and vanguard press because his pictures own a surrealistic influence. Man Ray doesn't hesitate starting working again the pictures he made for underlining curves without having other ideas just following experimental ways. He will stop doing fashion pictures in 1939 when he moves to United - States escaping WWII for beginning a career as painter.