Philadelphia 1890 – Paris 1976
Legendary photographer, painter, and maker of objects and films, Man Ray was on the most versatile and inventive artists of this century. Born in Philadelphia in 1890, he knew the worlds of Greenwich Village in the avant-garde era following the 1913 Armory show; Paris in the 1920s and 1930s, where he played a key role in the Dada and Surrealist movements; The Hollywood of the 1940s, where he joined others chased by war from their homes in Europe; and finally, Paris again until his death in 1976.
Man Ray met Dino Gavina for the first time in Paris. At the first Man Ray was stressed believing that he was meeting a journalist or an art critic. But he smoothed down his hard tone and gradually turned to a kind approach when he realized that his counterpart was simply asking to make his acquaintance. Then they both walked from the corridor to his studio, where their conversation went on hours. That day signed the beginning of an extraordinary friendship and of an amicable relationship which lasted all their life long.