Happy Birthday first to my Grandbaby Isabella Paz who turns 2 years old today!! And also to Man Ray!! Born in 1890 this modernist American painter/photographer was connected with the Dada and Surrealist movements of the mid 1900s. Man Ray lived most of his adult life in Montparnasse, section of Paris (a favored artist quarter). He was also a fashion and portrait photographer and renamed his photographs “rayographs” after himself. These were experimental in the technique of solarization, where the image is portrayed as the negative, or light areas are dark and dark areas light. His most discussed work, though is probably the enigmatic assemblage, The Gift, an antique iron with a row of tacks glued down the center of the smooth side. ARTnews magazine named him one of the 25 most influential artists of the 20th century.