Magazine article USA TODAY

Artistic Lovers Were a Surreal Piece of Work

Magazine article USA TODAY

Artistic Lovers Were a Surreal Piece of Work

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MAN RAY (born Emmanuel Radnitzky, 1890-1976) was a leader in two pioneering modern art movements, Surrealism and Dad& but never was invested deeply in either of the two. Although accomplished as an avant-garde photographer, he eschewed labels and thought of himself primarily as a painter, although he also felt he was an artist wedded to no single medium. Ray's camerawork marked a turning point in the integration of photography among other visual art forms. When he and Lee Miller parted, Ray often lovingly and cleverly referred to her via coded motifs in his artworks for years afterward.

Miller (1907-77) started her career as a fashion model in New York. With the encouragement of American artist and curator Edward Steichen, for whom she was a favorite subject, she moved behind the camera and ventured to Paris in 1929 to seek out Ray as a teacher. They later became lovers and lived together for three years, working in tandem and separately. Ray preferred to work in the studio, while Miller mostly took to the streets. …

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