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Self Portrait: Man Ray

By Man Ray

During this notable autobiography, guy Ray - painter, photographer, sculptor, movie maker and author - relates the tale of his existence, from his formative years decision to be an artist and his technical drawing sessions in a Brooklyn highschool, to the glamorous and heady days of Paris within the Nineteen Forties, whilst any journey to the town 'was now not entire till that they had been "done" through guy Ray's camera'. buddy to each person who used to be someone, Ray tells every little thing he is familiar with of artists, socialites and writers similar to Matisse, Hemingway, Picasso and Joyce, let alone Lee Miller, Nancy Cunard, Alberto Giacometti, Gertrude Stein, Dali, Max Ernst and lots of extra, during this decadent, sensational account of the early twentieth-century cultural international.

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