Man Ray was an innovative photographer, who developed new techniques for a relatively new medium, as these black-and-whites show. He writes a one-page introduction, that, when comprehensible, reveals his worldview, which he shared with the surrealists. The essence is that one must strip away convention and normality and open up some mysterious well of creativity. This source is unnamed and irrational, but so be it...for Man Ray.
Yet Man Ray was a human being, not a conduit for something nonhuman. He crafted his work through intelligence, taste, and experiment: clearly human proclivities and endowments. Thus, even at this strangest, Man Ray could not transcend Man Ray, the human being. Some things are given and cannot be taken.
The brief commentary on each section of Man Ray's work is abysmal because mostly incomprehensible. When one stomps on too many conventions, communication ceases. This is neither good nor pleasant; it is not profound; it is pathetic.
Nevertheless, Man Ray, at his best, can be fascinating; at his worst tasteless or merely perplexing. But we cannot ignore his role in modern photography and art in general.