He was living in New York, and with his close friend Marcel Duchamp formed the American branch of the Dada movement, which began in Europe as a radical rejection of traditional art. After a few unsuccessful experiments, and notably after the publication of a unique issue of New York Dada in 1920, Man Ray stated that "Dada cannot live in New York" and in 1921 went to live and work in the Montparnasse quarter of Paris during the era of great creativity. It was there that he fell in love with the famous French singer, Kiki.
For the next twenty years in Montparnasse, Man Ray revolutionized the art of photography. Greats artists of the day such as James Joyce, Gertrude Stein, Jean Cocteau and numerous others posed for his camera. In 1934, Méret Oppenheim posed for Man Ray in what became a very well-known series of photographs depicting the Surrealist artist nude, standing next to a printing press.