Man Ray Portraits

The first museum exhibition to focus on Man Ray's photographic portraits brings together some of his most famous images with the first UK outings for images of Barbette, Catherine Deneuve, Ava Gardner, Lee Miller and Kiki de Montparnasse.

This exhibition brings together some of his most famous portraits of his lover and collaborator Lee Miller.  We visited Miller’s home in Sussex, and you can watch her son, Antony Penrose, discuss her complex relationship with Man Ray through personal letters, photographic portraits and even a forgotten suitcase.

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Although he never ranked photography as his main artistic outlet, this body of work forms a fascinating record of iconic personalities from both the Paris inter-war avant-garde and the Golden Age of Hollywood. Many of his Hollywood portraits will be on show for the first time, and they will rub shoulders with figures including Marcel Duchamp, Jean Cocteau, Picasso, Erik Satie, and Aldous Huxley.

Before heading to the show, discover the weird and wonderful connections between his most famous subjects.

Venue details

National Portrait Gallery St Martin's Place London WC2H 0HE 020 7306 0055

Entry details

£6.35 with National Art Pass (standard entry £12.70)

Sat – Wed, 10am – 6pm
Thur – Fri, 10am – 9pm

What the critics say


This first major retrospective showcases Man Ray's brilliant inventiveness as a photographer


A compelling new exhibition reveals Man Ray's ability to capture the soul of his subjects. It's a rare gift that sets him apart from his fellow Surrealists