Lee Miller

A Woman's War

Hilary Roberts


The extraordinary story beyond the battlefields of the Second World War through Miller’s breathtaking photographs of the women whose lives were affected


Lee Miller was one of the most remarkable female photographers of the 20th century, demonstrating an extraordinary diversity and evolution of style. Her images from the Second World War, taken primarily for Vogue magazine reflect her unique insight both as a woman and as a photographer capable of merging the worlds of art, fashion and reportage in a single frame. Featuring a wide selection of her wartime photography, this book offers a unique account of the impact of the conflict on women's lives in Britain and across Europe, as well as tracing Miller's personal wartime transformation from studio fashion photographer to front-line war correspondent.


'A magnificent biography'
Literary Review

'Proof that the photograph is often more powerful and intense than the moving image'
Observer (Books of the Year)

'Highlighting the story beyond the battlefields, this is a fascinating collection of images and a fitting tribute to one of the 20th century’s most important photographers'

'Sometimes a picture really is worth a thousand words … tells the story of this remarkable woman with great frankness'
The Times

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Further Details


Format: PLC (no jacket)

Size: 28.0 x 23.0 cm

Extent: 224 pp

Publication date: 5 October 2015

ISBN: 9780500518182

Contents List

The Ubiquitous Image: Antony Penrose • A Woman’s War: Hilary Roberts • 1. Women in Wartime Britain 1939–1944 • 2. Women in Wartime Europe: 1944–1945 • 3. Women and the Aftermath of War • 4. Chronology for Lee Miller: 1900–1977

About the Author

Hilary Roberts is the Imperial War Museum Curator of Photography. Antony Penrose is Lee Miller’s son. Among his other titles are The Lives of Lee Miller, a biography of his mother, and the children’s book The Boy Who Bit Picasso.

Antony Penrose is a British photographer. The son of Sir Roland Penrose and Lee Miller, he is director of the Lee Miller Archive and Penrose Collection at his parents' former home, Farley Farm House. He has published a number of books including two collections of his mother’s photography, Lee Miller’s War and The Lives of Lee Miller, and some children's books.

List of Contributors

Antony Penrose