Artist May Ray (born Emmanuel Radnitzky, August 27, 1890 – November 18, 1976) was a significant contributor to the Dada and Surrealist movements, although his ties to each were informal. He produced major works in a variety of media but considered himself a painter above all. He was best known for his photography, and he was a renowned fashion and portrait photographer. Ray is also noted for his work with photograms, which he called Rayographs, in reference to himself.
In 1935, Man Ray photographed his studio reflected in a silvery orb, and called it Laboratory of the Future. This striking photograph (a Gelatin Silver print) is part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC.