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Lee Miller: Photographs

Antony Penrose, Kate Winslet


One hundred of the most outstanding photographs taken by photographer, model and Surrealist muse Lee Miller, published in anticipation of the November 2023 release of the film Lee, starring Kate Winslet as Lee Miller

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Photojournalist, war correspondent, model and Surrealist muse, Lee Miller was one of the most important women photographers of the twentieth century, working in the fields of photojournalism, fashion, portraiture and advertising. This book presents 100 of her finest works in a single volume.

Introduced to photography at an early age, Lee Miller honed her craft in Paris, where she associated with the Surrealists and avant-garde artists including Jean Cocteau and Picasso. Together with Man Ray she accidentally discovered the distinctive technique of solarization to create mesmerizing halo effects. After establishing her own photographic studio in New York, where she became a prominent commercial photographer, she then moved to the Middle East and Europe before becoming the official war photographer for Vogue, a period during which she took many of her most iconic photographs.

This evocative book collects Lee Miller’s most famous documentary, fashion and war works, as well as photographs of Miller, all carefully compiled by her son the photographer Antony Penrose, with a foreword by actress Kate Winslet, who will star as Miller in the film Lee.

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'Tells a unique story of the second world war'

'Looking at these photographs together, one is clear that not many artists of her generation saw with more piercing or perceptive eyes than Lee Miller … one of the most remarkable artists of the 20th century … this book, in the flick of a hundred pages, conveys the breadth, quality and consistent complexity of this extraordinary woman behind the Rolleiflex lens'
World of Interiors

'Handsome ... collects more than 100 photographs from each phase of Miller's storied career, imagery that affirms the complete ease and mastery of each genre she explored ... She had a knack for transforming prosaic objects and moments into startingly surreal visual statements ... [A] must-have book'
Black & White

'Antony Penrose's magnificent retrospective of Miller's career delivers a comprehensive and intimate portrayal of her remarkable oeuvre to the world'
Musée Magazine

'Gathers some of the most stunning images made by the photographer during her years covering both war and fashion — as well as pictures taken of her by members of the avant-garde art world she inhabited'
Boston Globe

'Brings together over 120 works that explore the photographer’s groundbreaking contributions to the medium'

'An impressive collection of more than 100 Miller pictures that Antony Penrose, Lee and Roland [Penrose]'s son, culled from the fashion photography, advertising campaigns, portraiture, and photojournalism with which Miller made her name'
Air Mail

'Excellent... Miller’s images call attention to the impact of war on women and children, be they starving infants in a hospital ward, or suspected collaborators with the enemy hanging their heads in shame, and her compassion as well as artistry are why these photographs remain to this day especially moving... That we are able to know the legacy of Lee Miller and experience her masterful work is in large part thanks to her son Antony Penrose, whose informative and touching introduction provides the context for this superb overview of Miller’s life and photography... This hard-bound gorgeously printed monograph is yet another superbly-edited must-have publication from Thames and Hudson'

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Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 27.6 x 25.0 cm

Extent: 144 pp

Illustrations: 122

Publication date: 31 August 2023

ISBN: 9780500025925

About the Author

Antony Penrose is a British photographer. The son of Sir Roland Penrose and Lee Miller, Penrose is director of the Lee Miller Archive and Penrose Collection at his parents’ former home, Farley Farm House. His biography The Lives of Lee Miller is published by Thames & Hudson. Kate Winslet is an Academy Award-winning actress, who will play the lead role in the film about Lee Miller’s life due for release in 2023.