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Lee Miller's War

Beyond D-Day

Anthony Penrose


'A diary of photographs so powerful you feel you could step into them … an astonishingly vivid journalist of both words and image' Herald


Lee Miller’s work for Vogue from 1941–45 sets her apart as a photographer of extraordinary ability, and the quality of her work from the period has long been recognized as outstanding. Its full range is shown here, accompanied by her brilliant despatches.

Miller's words manage to combine immediacy with acute observation, and deep personal involvement with professional detachment. Complementing her natural talent in writing are over one hundred and fifty remarkable photographs from the Lee Miller Archives. With their own unique quality of surrealist irony, which at times verges on the horrific and at others on the hilarious, they show war-ravaged cities, buildings and landscapes, but above all war-resilient people – soldiers, leaders, medics, evacuees,prisoners of war, the wounded, the villains and the heroes.

There is the raw edge of combat portrayed at the siege of St Malo and the bitterly fought Alsace campaign, and the disbelief and outrage she describes on witnessing the victims of Dachau. The horror is relieved by the spirit of post-liberation Paris, where she indulged in frivolous fashions and recorded memorable conversations with Picasso, Cocteau, Eluard, Aragon and Colette.

The book ends with Miller’s first-on-the-scene, sardonic description of Hitler’s abandoned house in Munich, and the looting and burning of his fortress at Berchtesgaden, which marked a symbolic end to the war. The book is accompanied by a foreword from David E. Scherman, the renowned war-photojournalist, who shared many of Miller's assignments.

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'A fascinating and at times haunting record of the Allied advance across Europe after D-Day … the story is vividly told through her letters, her articles for British Vogue and nearly 160 powerful, resonant photographs … a moving account of cruelty, suffering and courage that we should never forget'
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'From the broken faces of its victims to the moments of frivolous joy found by those even in their darkest moments, this tome is a visual memoir of a cruel moment in time'
Image Ireland

'Fascinating and informative, and a very good read'
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'A diary of photographs so powerful you feel you could step into them … an astonishingly vivid journalist of both words and image'

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Further Details


Format: Paperback with flaps

Edition Type: Compact edition

Size: 24.0 x 18.4 cm

Extent: 208 pp

Illustrations: 159

Publication date: 1 September 2014

ISBN: 9780500291542

Contents List

Foreword by David E. Scherman • 1. Unarmed Warriors • 2. The Siege of St Malo • 3. Paris, Its Joy... Its Spirit... Its Privations • 4. How the Germans Surrender • 5. Players in Paris • 6. Paris Under Snow • 7. Colette • 8. Pattern of Liberation • 9. Through the Alsace Campaign • 10. Russian/American Link at Torgau • 11. Germany, the War that is Won • 12. Hitlerania • Afterword by Antony Penrose

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. 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

David E. Scherman