About: Erin Garcia

I'm former assistant curator in the Department of Photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum, and currently an independent curator in San Francisco. I'm the author of Man Ray in Paris(2011) and Photography as Fiction, both from Getty Publications.

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Becoming Man Ray: Art, Life, and Paris

Untitled (Self Portrait with Pipe, Paris), Man Ray, 1921. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 97.XM.54.1

The mythology of artistic greatness tends to privilege the spark of creative genius over hard work, sacrifice, and experimentation. Traditionally, the biographies of famous artists have described naïve talents who achieved notoriety only after being fortuitously discovered. By contrast, Man… More»

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      The Original Ent?

      The form of a man emerges from the roots of a tree shot by Eugene Atget in Saint-Cloud Park.

      This photograph’s subject was unusual for the time and in fact Atget was criticized for trying “to make photographs look like paintings or charcoal drawings.”


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