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Quotes by Man Ray on camera, portraits, art, life, desire, ideas, dreams, love, etc.

29 Thought-Provoking Quotes By Man Ray

Famous As: Modernist Artist
Born On: August 27, 1890
Died On: November 18, 1976
Born In: Philadelphia
Founder / Co Founder: Société Anonyme
Died At Age: 86

Man Ray was a celebrated American visual artist who spent most of his time in Paris during his career. He was a noteworthy contributor to the Surrealist and the Dada movement. However, his ties to each of these movements were informal. He considered himself a painter above all the major works he produced in a variety of media. He is well-known as a portrait and fashion photographer renowned for his works with photograms, which were referred to as ‘rayographs’ by him. We bring to you a collection of noteworthy sayings by Man Ray on dreams, inspire, art, laughter, belief, love, expression, passion, liberty, beauty, determination, creation and more.

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It has never been my object to record my dreams, just the determination to realize them.

Man Ray

I believe in the relation between photography and music; And thats my inspiration.

Man Ray

Of course, there will always be those who look only at technique, who ask 'how', while others of a more curious nature will ask 'why'. Personally, I have always preferred inspiration to information.

Man Ray

A camera alone does not make a picture. To make a picture you need a camera, a photographer and above all a subject. It is the subject that determines the interest of the photograph.

Man Ray

A certain amount of contempt for the material employed to express an idea is indispensable to the purest realization of this idea.

Man Ray

A creator needs only one enthusiast to justify him.

Man Ray

All critics should be assassinated.

Man Ray

All my life I have painted pictures so that certain people would drop dead when they looked at them, but I have not succeeded yet. The worst painting cant hurt you, but a bad driver can kill you, a bad judge can send you to the chair, a bad politician can ruin an entire country, That is why even a bad painting is sacred.

Man Ray

An effort impelled by desire must also have an automatic or subconscious energy to aid its realization.

Man Ray

The tricks of today are the truths of tomorrow.

Man Ray

An original is a creation motivated by desire.

Man Ray

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.

Man Ray

If the affairs of the world were put in the hands of the screwball artists, it couldn’t be in a worse state than it is now !

Man Ray

If I'd had the nerve, I'd have become a thief or a gangster, but since I didn't, I became a photographer.

Man Ray

I would photograph an idea rather than an object, a dream rather than an idea.

Man Ray

I photograph the things that I do not wish to paint, the things which already have an existence.

Man Ray

I paint when I cannot photograph.

Man Ray

I paint what cannot be photographed, that which comes from the imagination or from dreams, or from an unconscious drive.

Man Ray

I paint what cannot be photographed, something from the imagination... I photograph the things I don't want to paint, things that are already in existence.

Man Ray

I never knew what I was doing until I was done.

Man Ray

I have never painted a recent picture.

Man Ray

I have been accused of being a joker. But the most successful art to me involves humor.

Man Ray

I do not photograph nature. I photograph my visions.

Man Ray

I am not going to be dictated to by the size of the camera. I use everything from an 8 x 10 to a 35-mm. But I don't use these modern cameras which break down all the time !

Man Ray

I am an economic person; I judge the amount of work involved with the amount of worth attained.

Man Ray

Dada cannot live in New York. All New York is dada, and will not tolerate a rival.

Man Ray

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.

Man Ray

Each one of us, in his timidity, has a limit beyond which he is outraged. It is inevitable that he who by concentrated application has extended this limit for himself, should arouse the resentment of those who have accepted conventions which, since accepted by all, require no initiative of application. And this resentment generally takes the form of meaningless laughter or of criticism, if not persecution.

Man Ray

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.

Man Ray