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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 detailed profile of Lee Miller offers a multifaceted study of the iconic model, photographer, muse, journalist, mother, sexual adventuress, and gourmet cook, documenting her love affair with artist Man Ray, her unconventional marriages, and her troubled personal life. 17,500 first printing.

About the Author

\Carolyn Burke, a biographer, art critic, and translator, has taught at Princeton and the University of California at Santa Cruz and at Davis; at the Universities of Western Sydney and New South Wales in Australia; and at the Sorbonne and the University of Lille in France. She received critical acclaim for her book Becoming Modern: The Life of Mina Loy from The Washington Post (“[a] brilliant biographer”), The New Republic (“superb”), and the San Francisco Chronicle (“impressive . . . does full justice to Loy’s varied accomplishments”). Born in Australia, she now lives in Santa Cruz, California.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307766632
Subtitle:
A Life
Publisher:
Knopf
Author:
Burke, Carolyn
Author:
Carolyn Burke
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Artists, Architects, Photographe
Subject:
Photographers
Subject:
Models
Subject:
Artists, Architects, Photographers
Subject:
Models (persons)
Subject:
Photographers -- United States.
Subject:
Models (Persons) -- United States.
Subject:
Biography-Artists Architects and Photographers
Subject:
Photography-Photographers
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20051115
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
426

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Photography » Photographers
Biography » Artists, Architects, and Photographers
Biography » Entertainment and Performing Arts
History and Social Science » Military » World War II » General

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Product details 426 pages Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group - English 9780307766632 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , A detailed profile of Lee Miller offers a multifaceted study of the iconic model, photographer, muse, journalist, mother, sexual adventuress, and gourmet cook, documenting her love affair with artist Man Ray, her unconventional marriages, and her troubled personal life. 17,500 first printing.
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