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Lee Miller: Portraits from a Life
Synopses & Reviews
The finest of Miller's photographs are collected here, including a section of portraits of Miller herself taken by other photographers. The images include her pictures of unsung individuals engaged in war work and powerful photographs of victims and perpetrators of Nazi oppression.
Book News Annotation:
This is a paperbound reprint of a 2002 book. Lee Miller has been better known for her colorful and unorthodox life than for her photography, but her work certainly merits attention. Calvocoressi (Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh) does not focus on her life story, but describes it briefly to provide context to her photography. Primarily a portraitist, Miller began her career as a model for Vogue, where she was photographed by some of the great fashion photographers of the day, and learned from these photographers. Some of her subsequent activities included studying photography with dada-surrealist Man Ray, traveling to Egypt, and working as a war correspondent during WWII. This volume displays excellent full-page duotone illustrations of her b&w work, many of which are portraits of well known writers, musicians, and artists.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
In 1929, Lee Miller, already a legendary fashion model, left the United States to study photography in paris. Here she became the disciple and lover of Man Ray, and she was soon taking on both portrait and fashion assignment for "Vogue and running her own studio. The Second World War saw her as "Vogue's war correspondent: she covered the siege of Saint Malo, the liberation of Paris, and the entry of the U.S. Army into the Dachau concentration camp. Her later years were spent in London and Sussex with her husband, the painter and writer Roland Penrose. During her extraordinary life, Miller came into contact with an astonishing range of painter, sculptors, actors, writer, musicians, fashion designers, and socialites. Many became her friends and the subjects of her penetrating portraits. The finest of these photographs are collected together here, along with a selection of portraits of Miller herself, taken by other photographers. The images include not only Miller's highly perceptive and sympathetic studies of Pablo Picasso, Igor Stravinsky, Marlene Dietrich, Ired Astaire, and others but also her pictures of unsung individuals engaged in war work and powerful photographs of victims and perpetrators of Nazi oppression.
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