Born in Philadelphia in 1890, Man Ray began his professional life as a painter before taking up photography in 1915. In Paris during the 1920s his career as a fashion photographer and portraitist took off, and it was there that he discovered the possibilities of cameraless photography. He continued to paint and take photographs both in the United States and Paris until his death in 1976. He has been the subject of major exhibitions at museums throughout the world, and is one of the best-known photographers of the twentieth century.
Jed Perl was born in New York and studied art history and painting at Columbia University. Since 1994 he has been the art critic at "The New Republic," His books include "Paris Without End," "Eyewitness, "and "New Art City: Manhattan at Mid-Century," He lives in Manhattan.