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Lee Miller: Portraits from a Life Paperback – 31 Jan 2005


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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd (31 Jan 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500285225
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500285220
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 1.5 x 27 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 603,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"'Miller leaves a legacy that is second to none' - The Guardian 'These pictures alternately amuse, thrill and horrify, leaping from the page with all the vigour they must have had when they first appeared... impeccably researched and truly illuminating' - What's On in London 'Superb' - Scotland on Sunday"

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Richard Calvocoressi is Director of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, where he curated the recent, hugely successful exhibition of Lee Miller's work. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Perfumefreak on 15 May 2010
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This book is an absolute must for photography students and enthusiasts alike. Lee Miller's photographs are a quixotic mix of the sophisticated, natural, poignant, edgy, hard-hitting and aesthetically pleasing.

I particularly recommend her photographs of images of the Second World War - these are really raw and moving, especially the ones of the SS Guards and the collaborators. She truly has captured a dark yet enlightening period of history.

On a lighter note, her Vogue work and Man Ray portraits are really beautifully shot, capturing the artists' free spirits.

This would be the coolest coffee table book!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. J. Chappell on 17 Jun 2010
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A great selection of historical portraits, particularly of the artists (Picasso) and the Bohemian lifestyle they followed. Good quality printing for this price.
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And her story comes across this book brilliantly. She should be compulsory reading in feminists classes. She did it all in a period in which women couldn't.
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An interesting lady from a fascinating period. So talented.
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A marvellous memento 12 Dec 2002
By Philippe Vandenbroeck - Published on Amazon.com
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Now that we have definitively entered into a troubled 21st century, I am developing a weird kind of nostalgia for the equally troubled previous one. This book, a marvellous memento of the period between 1930 and 1960, does everything to fuel this ambiguous attraction.
With portraits of Chaplin, many of the leading Surrealists, Picasso, Stravinsky, T.S. Eliot, Dylan Thomas, Henry Moore and many others, Miller's twin eye Rolleiflex produces a very intimate view of the artistic scene in the middle of the 20th century. Some of the pictures were taken in the artist's studio, some in Miller's own studio, but most show the sitters informally and relaxed in mundane surroundings, weaving the mystery of artistic inspiration into the fabric of daily life. Whatever the context, Miller's portraits show the mark of a great artist, with composition, lighting and atmosphere invariably matched to the personality of the sitter. A great deal of her pictures are quite classical in conception, but many are spiced up with an occasional Surrealist wink.
The war pictures are a different matter. When Miller registers the ravages of this savage conflict, irony makes way for tragic grandeur. For example, the portrait of a Nazi suicide, daughther of the Leipzig Mayor, reconnects with the dramatic clair obscur of Carravaggio. Many of the images of wrens and ordinary service men reveal the quiet determination of people amidst a whirlwind of extreme violence. One of the most impressive pictures of this period, and in a sense an untypical one, depicts a murdered German prison guard floating in a canal bounding the Dachau camp, producing a mixture of the bucolic and the tragic which is very moving.
This book is beautifully produced and is a delight to hold in your hands. The captions that go with the pictures are well written and very informative. I would have wished for a more extensive lead essay by Richard Calvocoressi, but maybe we can find more information elsewhere. Pity also that the UK version of this book sports the Hein Heckroth portrait on its cover, which I do not find one of the most attractive pictures in this collection. But these minor quibbles do not detract for this valuable addition to my library.
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A truly captivating, highly recommended gallery 8 Dec 2002
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Compiled and captioned by Richard Calvocoressi (Director of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh), Lee Miller: Portraits from a Life is an amazing collection of memorable and visually impressive black-and-white photographs taken by the extraordinary fashion model and professional photographer Lee Miller, who began to study the craft of capturing life with a camera in Paris during 1929. A complete range of Lee Miller's moving and inspirational photographs is presented, with each with a brief caption offering a little background on the setting and people. A significant contribution to any personal, professional, academic, or community library Photography reference collection, Lee Miller: Portraits From A Life a truly captivating, highly recommended gallery showcasing the work of a very remarkable and talented woman.
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More than a coffee table book! 2 Dec 2013
By bethany - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a beautiful book of Lee Miller's work . It's also a great read. I was late to work looking through it the day it came in the mail. What an inspirational woman. More than a coffee table book!
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The world feels like Lee Millers family album 9 Feb 2008
By andrew pridmore - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A photographically rich tapestry of lives, lives that were all rich in so many different ways.
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