Untitled Rayograph (Sequins)
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© Man Ray Trust ARS-ADAGP

Man Ray
American, 1920 - 1929
Gelatin silver print
11 3/16 x 8 15/16 in.

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This Rayograph presents a constellation of sequins scattered across a circle of light, a reminder of the simplicity of the photogram process. Man Ray probably made it with little preconception of the final result; he spontaneously employed materials at hand. The work forces the viewer to draw upon his or her own experiences and imagination to give the image meaning, whether picturing a crater-pocked orb or a pocketful of tears.