By Man Ray

ISBN-10: 0141195509

ISBN-13: 9780141195506

In this striking autobiography, guy Ray - painter, photographer, sculptor, movie maker and author - relates the tale of his lifestyles, from his early life decision to be an artist and his technical drawing periods in a Brooklyn highschool, to the glamorous and heady days of Paris within the Nineteen Forties, while any journey to town 'was no longer whole until eventually that they had been "done" by means of guy Ray's camera'.

Friend to everybody who used to be a person, Ray tells every thing he is familiar with of artists, socialites and writers akin to Matisse, Hemingway, Picasso and Joyce, let alone Lee Miller, Nancy Cunard, Alberto Giacometti, Gertrude Stein, Dali, Max Ernst and plenty of extra, during this decadent, sensational account of the early twentieth-century cultural world.

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Facing north, as befits an artist's studio; Halpert could have his choice of the other three rooms, east, west did not occur to me and south. He ar- and canvas, ac- that he might have a preference. rived the following weekend, carrying paints It 3i companied by another man, lanky, sandy-haired and bespectacled, whom he introduced to me as a poet who might take one of the rooms. Halpert took another room that had the second bed, but suggested that my room should be used as a common studio, moved my it being the largest.

Once, while sitting for me wearing a dressing gown, I asked her to slip it down from her shoulders so that I might include her bosom. If the rest of her was as lovely as her face, it would make a stunning picture. She refused, although pleased with my compliments. I continued life-class less my trips to the Ferrer school, often. but attended the There were always new faces, people dropping in out of curiosity or in sympathy with liberal ideas. met new writers and painters; we sat in the cafe and talked.

I had been smoking I a pipe, but soon switched to cigars to follow example. This was not an extravagance, my my companion's salary was about double of what five cents. I had earned before, and a decent cigar cost Sometimes, after the day's work, my new friend and remained in the quarter, the most interesting of New York, its theaters, movies, and big hotels. We would have a snack and take in a movie. One evening we passed a theater that was playing a musical comedy, The Chocolate Soldier, based on Bernard Shaw's Arms and the Man.

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