Twenty paintings

A book was once published of twenty photographs by twenty photographers, of the same model. They were as different as twenty paintings of the same model.

Which was proof, once and for all, of the flexibility of the camera and its validity as an instrument of expression.

There are many paintings and buildings that are not works of art. It is the man behind whatever instrument who determines the work of art.

I paint what cannot be photographed, that which comes from the imagination or from dreams,  or from an unconscious drive.  I photograph the things that I do not wish to paint,  the things which already have an existence.

Of course, there will always be those who look only at technique, who ask “how,” while others of a more curious nature will ask “why.” Personally, I have always preferred inspiration to information.

– Man Ray



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