Man Ray, Picasso pictured on the beach in 1935
with his Afghan hound, Kasbel.
For the month of June, I’m looking forward to – yes, warmer weather, but also – this book of Man Ray’s lesser known photographs of cars, masks, insects, flowers, leaves, starfish, landscapes, and artist friends with their dogs.
This is what the publisher has to say:
“The 320 photographs and drawings selected for this publication are among the rarest of Man Ray’s works, and will be a revelation to even his most devoted admirers. At the core of Man Ray: Trees + Flowers – Insects Animals is a series of landscape photographs made by Man Ray from the 1920s through the 1950s, many of which bear the distinct influence of Eugène Atget. With subjects including castles and ruined buildings, street scenes, and the objects from which he drew inspiration for other artworks, the photographs and drawings in this book represent an intermediary step in Man Ray’s creative process.
The title of the series, Trees + Flowers – Insects Animals, was discovered by the editor, John P. Jacob, scrawled across the backside of a photograph, and provides a key to this most unusual collection.”