Noire et Blanche

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Noire et Blanche, 1926

Gelatin silver print
Private collection of Thomas and Janine Koerfer-Weill
© 2009 Man Ray Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.

Marcel Duchamp, Solarized Portrait, 1930

Gelatin silver print
Collection of Sarah and Gary Wolkowitz
© 2009 Man Ray Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.

Dadaphoto (Coat Stand), 1920

Gelatin silver print
Fondazione Marguerite Arp, Locarno
© 2009 Man Ray Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.

Le Violon d'Ingres, 1924

Vintage gelatin silver print
Rosalind and Melvin Jacobs Collection
© 2009 Man Ray Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.

Self-Portrait, 1916

Gelatin silver print
The J. Paul Getty Museum
© 2009 Man Ray Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.

Gift, c. 1958 (replica of 1921 original)

Painted flatiron and tacks
The Museum of Modern Art, New York. James Thrall Soby Fund, 1966
© 2009 Man Ray Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.

Rayograph, 1926

Gelatin silver print
Private Collection, New York
© 2009 Man Ray Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.

Untitled (Hand), 1922

Gelatin silver print
Collection of Gérard Lévy, Paris
© 2009 Man Ray Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.

Untitled (Hand), 1922

Gelatin silver print
Collection of Gérard Lévy, Paris
© 2009 Man Ray Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.

Promenade, 1916

Oil on canvas
Private Collection
© 2009 Man Ray Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.

Indestructible Object 1923/1965

Wood, fiber, metal and paper on cardboard
Montclair Art Museum, New Jersey
© 2009 Man Ray Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.

La Fortune, 1938

Oil on canvas
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York: Purchase, with funds from the Simon Foundation, Inc.
© 2009 Man Ray Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.

Ernest Hemingway with Banjo, 1923

Vintage gelatin silver print
Collection Timothy Baum, New York
© 2009 Man Ray Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.

Lee Miller, 1929

Gelatin silver print
The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of James Thrall Soby 1941
© 2009 Man Ray Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.

Untitled (Self-Portrait with Camera), 1930, printed 1935/6

Solarized gelatin silver print
The Jewish Museum, New York, Purchase: Photography Acquisitions Committee Fund, Horace W. Goldsmith Fund, and funds provided by Judith and Jack Stern
© 2009 Man Ray Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.

Primacy of Matter Over Thought (Primat de la matière sur la pensée), 1929

Cut-out gelatin silver print on paper
Baltimore Museum of Art Purchase with exchange funds from the Edward Joseph Gallagher III Memorial Collection; and partial gift of George H. Dalsheimer
© 2009 Man Ray Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.

Puericulture II, 1964

Painted bronze
Courtesy of Timothy Baum, New York
© 2009 Man Ray Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.

Man Ray and Marcel Duchamp Seated on a Curb, 1949

Gelatin silver print
Francis M. Naumann Fine Art, New York.

Self-Portrait as a Fashion Photographer, 1936

Gelatin silver print on warm-toned, matte-surface paper
Collection of Steven M. Sumberg
© 2009 Man Ray Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.