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A trenchant yet sympathetic portrait of Lee Miller, one of the iconic faces and careers of the twentieth century.

Carolyn Burke reveals Miller as a multifaceted woman: both model and photographer, muse and reporter, sexual adventurer and mother, and, in later years, gourmet cook--the last of the many dramatic transformations she underwent during her lifetime. A sleek blond bombshell, Miller was part of a glamorous circle in New York and Paris in the 1920s and 1930s as a leading Vogue model, close to Edward Steichen, Charlie Chaplin, Jean Cocteau, and Pablo Picasso. Then, during World War II, she became a war correspondent--one of the first women to do so--shooting harrowing images of a devastated Europe, entering Dachau with the Allied troops, posing in Hitler's bathtub.

Burke examines Miller's troubled personal life, from the unsettling photo sessions during which Miller, both as a child and as a young woman, posed nude for her father, to her crucial affair with artist-photographer Man Ray, to her unconventional marriages. And through Miller's body of work, Burke explores the photographer's journey from object to subject; her eye for form, pattern, and light; and the powerful emotion behind each of her images.

A lushly illustrated story of art and beauty, sex and power, Modernism and Surrealism, independence and collaboration, Lee Miller: A Life is an astute study of a fascinating, yet enigmatic, cultural figure.

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A lushly illustrated story of art and beauty, sex and power, Modernism and Surrealism, independence and collaboration, "Lee Miller" is an astute study of one of the most visible, yet enigmatic, cultural figures of the recent past. of photos and 58 photos in text.

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Lee Millers life embodied all the contradictions and complications of the twentieth century: a model and photographer, muse and reporter, sexual adventurer and domestic goddess, she was also America's first female war correspondent. Carolyn Burke, a biographer and art critic, here reveals how the muse who inspired Man Ray, Cocteau, and Picasso could be the same person who unflinchingly photographed the horrors of Buchenwald and Dachau. Burke captures all the verve and energy of Millers life: from her early childhood trauma to her stint as a Vogue model and art-world ingénue, from her harrowing years as a war correspondent to her unconventional marriages and passion for gourmet cooking. A lavishly illustrated story of art and beauty, sex and power, Modernism and Surrealism, Lee Miller illuminates an astonishing womans journey from art object to artist.

About the Author

Carolyn Burke has taught at Princeton and the University of California at Santa Cruz, among other universities in France, the U.S., and Australia. She is the author of Becoming Modern: The Life of Mina Loy.

 

 

 

 

 

Table of Contents

Contents

 

Introduction xi

 

Part One: Elizabeth

 

1. A Poughkeepsie Girlhood (1907-15)

2. Never Jam Today (1915-25)

3. Circulating Around (1925-26)

4. Being in Vogue (1926-29)

 

Part Two: Miss Lee Miller

 

5. Montparnasse with Man Ray (1929-30)

6. La Femme Surrealiste (1930-32)

7. The Lee Miller Studio in Manhattan (1932-34)

 

Part Three: Madame Eloui Bey

 

8. Egypt (1934-37)

9. Surrealist Encampments (Summer 1937)

10. The Egyptian Complex (1937-39)

 

Part Four: Lee Miller, War Correspondent

 

11. London in the Blitz (1939-44)

12. Covering the War in France (1944-45)

13. Covering the War in Germany (1945)

14. Postwar (1945-46)

 

Part Five: Lady Penrose

 

15. Patching Things Up (1946-50)

16. A Double Life (1950-61)

17. A Second Fame (1961-71)

18. Retrospectives (1971-77)

 

Afterword

 

Appendix: A Lee Miller Dinner for Eight

Notes

Bibliography

Acknowledgments

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226080673
Author:
Burke, Carolyn
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Subject:
Individual Photographer
Subject:
Artists, Architects, Photographers
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Photography
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
Individual Photographers - General
Subject:
Photographers -- United States.
Subject:
World War, 1939-1945 -- Photography.
Subject:
Biography-Artists Architects and Photographers
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20070431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
82 halftones
Pages:
446
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , A lushly illustrated story of art and beauty, sex and power, Modernism and Surrealism, independence and collaboration, "Lee Miller" is an astute study of one of the most visible, yet enigmatic, cultural figures of the recent past. of photos and 58 photos in text.
"Synopsis" by ,
Lee Millers life embodied all the contradictions and complications of the twentieth century: a model and photographer, muse and reporter, sexual adventurer and domestic goddess, she was also America's first female war correspondent. Carolyn Burke, a biographer and art critic, here reveals how the muse who inspired Man Ray, Cocteau, and Picasso could be the same person who unflinchingly photographed the horrors of Buchenwald and Dachau. Burke captures all the verve and energy of Millers life: from her early childhood trauma to her stint as a Vogue model and art-world ingénue, from her harrowing years as a war correspondent to her unconventional marriages and passion for gourmet cooking. A lavishly illustrated story of art and beauty, sex and power, Modernism and Surrealism, Lee Miller illuminates an astonishing womans journey from art object to artist.
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