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The Lives of Lee Miller

Antony Penrose

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'Antony Penrose lovingly and entertainingly pulls together the diverse threads of his mother’s remarkable life' The Times


Lee Miller: 1927: New York: A classically beautiful young woman, she is discovered by Condé Nast, hits the cover of Vogue and is immortalized by Steichen, Hoyningen-Huene, Horst and other famous photographers.

Lee Miller: 1929: Paris: Protégé and lover of Man Ray, she invents with him the solarization technique of photography, develops into a brilliant Surrealist photographer, and plays the statue in Cocteau's film Blood of a Poet.

Lee Miller: 1939-45: Europe: Living at times with her future husband, the painter Roland Penrose, she becomes a US war correspondent and covers the siege of St Malo and the liberation of Paris. Her photographs of Dachau concentration camp shock the world.

These are but three of the many lives of Lee Miller, intimately recorded here by her son, Antony Penrose, whose years of work on her photographic archives have unearthed a rich selection of her own finest work, including portraits of her friends Picasso, Braque, Ernst, Eluard, Miró... To these are added many other photographs, perfectly allied to a highly readable biography of this uniquely talented artist.

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'A fascinating revelation of an adventurous and protean spirit'
Sunday Times

'A marvellously balanced narrative '
New Yorker

'Eminently readable and thoroughly enjoyable'
British Journal of Photography

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 27.7 x 22.0 cm

Extent: 216 pp

Illustrations: 171

Publication date: 11 April 1988

ISBN: 9780500275092

About the Author

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.