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.
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