Exhibition of the Week: Man Ray Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, London WC2


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The Independent Culture

Leading light of the surrealists, lover of women, ever experimental in form, Man Ray was also a supreme portrait photographer for his friends and for fashion magazines from the Twenties into the Seventies.

Picasso, Duchamps, Lee Miller, Chanel and a cast of luminaries of Paris, London and Hollywood are caught and caressed by his camera though a half-century working life. His fondness for people is the overwhelming sense you get from this compelling exhibition.

At bottom, he seems to have been a romantic. Anyone interested in the time or photography should rush to go.

(020 7306 0055; npg.org.uk) to 27 May