Man Ray (Emanuel Radnitsky)
[Artist, b. 1890, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, d. 1976, Paris.]

 I would photograph an idea rather than an object, a dream rather than an idea. 
 People ask: “What camera do you use?” I say: “You don’t ask a writer what typewriter he uses.” 
 I photograph what I do not wish to paint and I paint what I cannot photograph. 
 Is photography an art? There is no point in trying to find out if it is an art. Art is old-fashioned. We need something else. 
 If I’d had the nerve, I’d have become a thief or a gangster, but since I didn’t, I became a photographer. 
 Cut out the eye from a photograph of one who has been loved but is seen no more.
Attach the eye to the pendulum of a metronome and regulate the weight to suit the tempo desired.
Keep going to the limit of endurance.
With a hammer well-aimed, try to destroy the whole at a single blow.
(1932, describing “Object To Be Destroyed,” made using a metronome and the photographed eye of artist, lover and collaborator Lee Miller who left him.) 
 Of course, there will always be those who look only at technique, who ask “how,” while others of a more curious nature will ask “why.” Personally, I have always preferred inspiration to information. 
 Speaking of nudes, I have always had a great fondness for this subject, both in my paintings and in my photos, and I must admit, not for purely artistic reasons. 
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