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Lee Miller: On Both Sides of the Camera (Bloomsbury Lives of Women) [Paperback]

Carolyn Burke
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16 Oct 2006 Bloomsbury Lives of Women
Lee Miller was one of the most extraordinary photographers of the twentieth century, famous for her portraits and devastating photographs of World War Two, as well as for her legendary beauty. An art student and a "Vogue" model, she was a close friend of artists such as Picasso, Cocteau, Max Ernst and Paul Eluard, and became a muse of Man Ray and the Parisian surrealists. One of the few female photographers to enter Hitler's Germany, she was the first to access his Munich home and among the first to document the liberation of the concentration camps. Carolyn Burke captures Lee Miller in all her complexity, unveiling the glittering art world of the thirties and forties of which she was a central figure. Meticulously researched, beautifully written, this is an enthralling account of one of the most fascinating women of her era.

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; New edition edition (16 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747581193
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747581192
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Carolyn Burke was born in Sydney, Australia and educated in the U.S.: she lived for many years in Paris, and since 1975 in northern California. Her books include Becoming Modern, The Life of Mina Loy (FSG, 1996), Lee Miller, A Life, (US, Knopf; UK, Bloomsbury, 2006), and the forthcoming No Regrets, The Life of Edith Piaf (US, Knopf; UK, Bloomsbury, 2011). Her biographies of Lee Miller and Edith Piaf will also be published in the Bloomsbury Women's Lives series.

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`Burke opens up the story of Lee's life. She offers many
incredible stories and passages of considerable insight'
-- Daily Mail

`Lee Miller does its perplexingly complicated subject more than
justice, adding welcome depths and nuances to the familiar legend' -- Sunday Times

`Lee Miller was an astounding woman, brought memorably to life in
this astounding book' -- Daily Telegraph

`Miller attracts a serious, and gripping biography from Carolyn
Burke' -- Boyd Tonkin, Independent

About the Author

Carolyn Burke was born in Australia. A biographer, translator and art critic, she met and interviewed Lee Miller while conducting research for her previous biography, Becoming Modern: The Life of Mina Loy. Her many articles and translations from the French have appeared in such magazines as Art In America, The New Yorker, PN Review, Pink, Hemispheres, and Poetry Flash. She lives in Santa Cruz, California and spends as much time as she can in Paris.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What a life! 25 Aug 2009
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I bought this book after watching a programme on BBC4 about Lee Miller. In terms of subject matter, it's difficult to think of a more fascinating person to be writing about. There was so much to include that at times I felt that I was being catapulted with facts when I might have preferred more in the way of emotion. As a visual person, the lengthy descriptions of photographs did not work for me, but the fact that the book included a number of images added to the context. I felt that I got to know an awful lot about Lee Miller but that I didn't actually get to know her as well as I would have liked. The romantic in me was also saddened by the fact that the story of her life with Penrose seemed to be less of a love affair between two like-minded people than I would have hoped for and perhaps reading about her distant relationship with her son was the most difficult part of all. Even harder perhaps than her childhood rape and her first impressions of the death camps at Dachau. And yet she must have been a highly charismatic and loving person to have maintained such good relationships with with ex-lovers such as Man Ray and her ex-husband Aziz. Lee Miller remains elusive, but from this insight she was obviously one hell of a woman!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 23 Jan 2014
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love this book. A bit pricey inspirational person. Very artistic and not afriad to do it her way. She was proved right as an Photography.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a life, what a read! 17 July 2009
By Carol
What a life, what a read! I love biographies anyway, but this one was enthralling, Lee Miller is a fascinating subject but it is also very well written with just enough psychological insight. Great book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars lee miller 8 July 2014
By jeannie
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fabulous,interesting story of a amazing woman,abiet not to everyone,s tastes,her family life was a bit of a mess,but with all creative woman,she put herself first.love the book,and the history and lives of many famous artist,s of the 30,s 40,s and 50,s.A great look into those times.,and upheavels of war time.
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