Man Ray’s self-portrait exemplifies the analytical manner in which the artist, like Marcel Duchamp, realized the artifice of identity in exploring and shaping his own persona. Solarized and luminous, Man Ray here projects his self-confidence and the successful professional status that he had achieved in Paris by the 1930s.

Man Ray (born Emmanuel Radnitsky; American, 1890–1976)
Untitled (Self-Portrait with Camera), 1930 (printed 1935/36)
Vintage solarized gelatin-silver print
Purchase: Photography Acquisitions Committee Fund, Horace W. Goldsmith Fund, and Judith and Jack Stern Gift
© 2004 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris