|People visit the exhibition of photographic portraits by American artist Man Ray in London, Britain, Feb. 6, 2013. The exhibition will run from Feb. 7 to May 27 at the National Portrait Gallery in London, and travel to the Scottish National Portrait Gallery before going to Moscow. (Xinhua/Yin Gang)
LONDON, Feb. 6 (Xinhua) -- An exhibition of photographic portraits by American artist Man Ray will open at the National Portrait Gallery on Thursday.
The exhibition includes more than 150 vintage prints from Man Ray's career taken between 1916 and 1968, bringing together portraits of cultural figures and friends including Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Virginia Woolf, Coco Chanel and Wallis Simpson.
Born in Philadelphia with the name Emmanuel Radnitzky, he spent his early years in New York and began to work as a portrait photographer to fund his artwork in 1920. He met the French artist Marcel Duchamp and together they tried to establish New York Dada.
Their friendship led to Man Ray's move to Paris in 1921, where as a contributor to the Dada and Surrealist movements, he was placed to make defining images of his contemporaries from the avant-garde.
Man Ray has repeatedly featured his lovers Kiki de Montparnasse and Lee Miller, as well as his wife Juliet Browner.
Following the outbreak of World War II, May Ray left France for the United States and took up residence in Hollywood. During these years, he made a number of photographic portraits for film stars such as Ruth Ford, Paulette Goddard, Ava Gardner, etc.
Man Ray returned to Paris in 1951, where he lived until his death in 1976.
The exhibition will run until May 27, and travel to the Scottish National Portrait Gallery before going to Moscow.