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Lee Miller At War [Hardcover]

David Edward Scherman , Antony Penrose
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6 Aug 1992
Lee Miller's work for Vogue from 1941 - 1945 sets her apart as a photographer and writer of extraordinary ability. She had worked for Vogue on fashion assignments at the start of the war, photographing Dylan Thomas, Margot Fonteyn and James Mason as well as Henry Moore sketching in the air raid shelters of London. After D-Day and for the remainder of the war Miller followed the US Army across Europe, giving Vogue an extraordinary hotline to the front in France, and giving the world some of the most powerful photographs of the Second World War ever to appear. In Lee Miller's War, twelve of Miller's most important despatches are reassembled from the original manuscripts, interspersed with letters and telegrams which give a glimpse of Lee's personal reactions to the events she reported. Starting with her first report from a field hospital soon after D-Day, the despatches and 200 photographs chronicle the liberation of Paris, fighting in the Loire Valley, Luxembourg, Alsace, the Russian/ American link at Torgau and the liberation of Buchenwald and Dachau concentration camps, ending with her now-famous picture of Hitler's Berchtesgaden house Alderhorst in flames. Her writings manage to combine immediacy with acute observation, and deep personal involvement with professional detachment, while her photographs, with their own quality of surrealist irony, show war-ravaged cities, buildings and landscapes, but above all, the heroic resilience of people. David Scherman, the renowned war photojournalist who shared many of these assignments with her, has provided a fascinating foreword.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Bulfinch (6 Aug 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821218700
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821218709
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 22.2 x 28.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,629,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Antony Penrose is Lee Miller's son and curator of the Lee Miller Archives. He is the author of the biography The Lives of Lee Miller. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lee Miller, who was she? 2 April 2011
By knutas
Format:Paperback
How did a young woman end up as a war photographer in WWII? This book with her pictures discloses a very good photojournalist. War is not pretty, but it did allow her to take a bath in Hitler's private bathroom after he had left the place; it's one of the pictures. Further research and reading will give you a good understanding of why a pretty young lady chose this career. Her own war started with an early rape that robbed her of a normal life. But again, who had a normal life during WWII? The whole story is not in this very book but once having seen these pictuers your wish to find out her background, what can be fulfilled by complementary reading. The book, however, is worth buying on its own merit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting 31 May 2013
By Miko
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As someone with an interest in photography, WWII, and Lee Miller I found this book engrossing. Her photos, articles, and correspondence capture a side of the war I haven't seen elsewhere. Would definitely recommend if you have an interest in any of the fore-mentioned subjects.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fascinating 10 July 2011
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this is a fascinating book that offers both an insight into the life of an incredible human being and a very personal insight into an incredible part of history. promptly delivered
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4.0 out of 5 stars Different view of WW II 12 Mar 2006
By Paul Rowe - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a very interesting collection of essays, war dispatches and photographs. Some of the images are famous and some are not. This shows yet another side of the very versatile Lee Miller, photographer, model, actress, etc. Some of the photos are fabulous and some are more mundane. This is still a good collection for the person who is interested in Miller or WW II.
5.0 out of 5 stars Lee Miller's War 27 Nov 2012
By J.Jankowski - Published on Amazon.com
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Terrific read! I felt as though I was there,living during the war. Stunning and shocking photograhs. I would recommend this book to my friends.
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