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Woman Smoking a Cigarette
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© Man Ray Trust ARS-ADAGP

Man Ray
American, 1920
Gelatin silver print
3 3/8 x 2 11/16 in.
84.XM.1000.43

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Made in the same year that suffragettes won the right to vote in the United States, this photograph flouts convention by showing a woman smoking, with her head thrown back in abandon. Man Ray's equally daring composition shows the model from an unusual vantage point, with the image centered on the crown of her head.