Legendary photographer Man Ray is to be the focus of a major new show at London's National Portrait gallery next February.

The exhibition, called Man Ray Portraits, will be the first to focus solely on Man Ray's iconic portraiture, bringing a number of photographs which have never been seen before in the UK.

The American photographer made his name shooting his glamourous contemporaries in 1920s Paris. The likes of Picasso, fellow photographer Lee Miller, dancer Helen Tamaris and actress Catherine Deneuve were all immortalised in Man Ray's unique style.

man ray Le Violon d’Ingres, 1924 by Man Ray


The innovative photographer experimented so much with the form that his works became known as 'Rayographs', which he created while developing the process of solarisation - a technique where the image appears in negative light to the original.

Yes, the show's not opening until February next year, but we're excited - not least because we have a sneak peak of what's going to be on offer in our gallery below.

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  • Barbette (Double Exposure), 1926 by Man Ray. The J Paul Getty Museum © Man Ray Trust

  • Catherine Deneuve

    Catherine Deneuve, 1968 by Man Ray. Private Collection © Man Ray Trust

  • Helen Tamiris

    Helen Tamiris, 1929 by Man Ray. Centre Pompidou-Musee national d'art modern © Man Ray Trust

  • Henry Crowder

    Henry Crowder, 1928 by Man Ray. Centre Pompidou-Musee national d'art modern © Man Ray Trust

  • Ithell Colquhoun

    Ithell Colquhoun, 1932 by Man Ray. Centre Pompidou-Musee national d'art modern © Man Ray Trust

  • Juliet

    Juliet, 1947 by Man Ray. Timothy Baum Collection © Man Ray Trust

  • Le Violon d'Ingres

    Le Violon d'Ingres, 1924 by Man Ray. Museum Ludwig © Man Ray Trust

  • Man Ray Self-Portrait with Camera

  • Pablo Picasso

    Pablo Picasso, 1922 by Man Ray. The Israel Museum, Jerusalem © Man Ray Trust

  • Lee Miller

    Lee Miller, 1930 by Man Ray. Lee Miller Archives © Man Ray Trust