An Interview With François Nars on Man Ray

It’s the element of surprise that still drives the beauty brand today. BAZAAR learns from Mr. François Nars how Man Ray’s dualistic, dreamlike portraits come into play in the Man Ray x Nars collaboration.

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What was your first introduction to Man Ray and his work?

As a child, I remember seeing Man Ray’s photographs, but it wasn’t until I moved to Paris at 19 that I really discovered his work. I was fascinated by the art and culture of Montparnasse in the 1930s. I spent quite a bit of time visiting the places where the legendary artists of the period like Man and Picasso used to go: brasseries like La Closerie des Lilas, the streets of Montparnasse, and Saint-Germain-des-Prés. The endless hours I explored the Paris of Man Ray really gave me an entrée into his world and art.

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