Man Ray - Scène érotique, encre sur papier, daté 11/12/1937 et dédicacé “à Benjamin Peret”
Man Ray. Salvador Dali ou René Crevel drapé, 1933. Publiée dans Minotaure n°5, 1934. (scan : La Subversion des images, Centre Pompidou, 2009)
Man Ray, Sans titre, vers 1924, Collage de deux épreuves gélatino-argentiques,16 x 12 cm, 8,9 x 12 chaque épreuve
Centre Pompidou, © Jacques Faujour - Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI (diffusion RMN)
© Man Ray Trust / Adagp, Paris
Man Ray - Lee Miller
Bernard Deshoulières (Essai pour “Les Mystères du château du Dé”), 1929
Man Ray - Dreams, 1937
Man Ray - Etude de Nu, 1936
Man Ray – Jambes de Lee Miller, 1930.
Juliet in stocking mask by Man Ray, 1945
Man Ray, Waking Dream Séance (image first published on the cover of La revolution surrealiste, 01/12/24). The seated woman is Simone Breton; standing around her (from left to right) are Max Morise, Roger Vitrac, Jacques André-Boiffard, André Breton, Paul Eluard, Pierre Naville, Giorgio de Chirico, Philippe Soupault, Jacques Baron, and Robert Desnos.
Walter Benjamin writes:
Any serious exploration of occult, surrealistic, phantasmagoric gifts and phenomena presupposes a dialectical intertwinement to which a romantic turn of mind is impervious. For histrionic or fanatical stress on the mysterious side of the mysterious takes us no further; we penetrate the mystery only to the degree that we recognize it in the everyday world, by virtue of a dialectical optic that perceives the everyday as impenetrable, the impenetrable as everyday. The most passionate investigation of telepathic phenomena, for example, will not teach us half as much about reading (which is an eminently telepathic process), as the profane illumination of reading about telepathic phenomena. And the most passionate investigation of the hashish trance will not teach us half as much about thinking (which is eminently narcotic), as the profane illumination of thinking about the hashish trance. The reader, the thinker, the loiterer, the flâneur, are types of illuminati just as much as the opium eater, the dreamer, the ecstatic. And more profane. Not to mention that most terrible drug—ourselves—which we take in solitude.
Portrait of Bona de Mandiargues by Man Ray, c1960.
Man Ray - Lee Miller, 1930
Pierre Gassmann - Hommage à Man Ray, Mains à la cigarette, ca. 1940