Part 3 of my featured, favorite photographers, is Man Ray (1890-1976).
A kind of a weird guy.
His epitaph reads: "Unconcerned, but not indifferent."
Man Ray considered himself primarily a painter, though I think it's his photography that's most famous. He was an American, but spent time living in Paris with thousands of other American ex-patriots during the Post W.W. I, avant-garde, bohemian 1920's. What a time for the arts, & Man Ray was a man of his times. He was friends with Salvador Dali, Jean Cocteau, and Marcel Duchamp. Fellow artists of the time were: Pablo Picasso, Gertrude Stein, James Joyce, Miro, & Jean Arp. His girlfriend during the 1920's---- Kiki de Montparnasse--- posed for many of his pictures (below).
Man Ray's work is the marriage of surrealist painting with photography. He also created fantastic advertisements & experimental films.