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The Lives of Lee Miller [Paperback]

Antony Penrose
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11 April 1988
"Part memoir, part photo essay, part search for the real woman behind an unconventional mother....Should ensure Miller the place she deserves in future histories of the period."--"Art in America"
- Lee Miller: 1927: New York. Classically beautiful, she is discovered by Conde Nast and immortalized by Steichen, Hoyningen-Huene, Horst, and other famous photographers.
- Lee Miller: 1929: Paris. Protege and lover of Man Ray, she invents with him the solarization technique of photography and develops into a brilliant Surrealist photographer.
- Lee Miller: 1939-1945: Europe. She becomes a U.S. war correspondent and covers the liberation of Paris. Her photographs of the 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 unearthed a rich selection of her finest work, including portraits of her friends Picasso, Braque, Ernst, Eluard, and Miro. To these are added many other photos that complement Penrose's highly readable biography of this uniquely talented artist. 171 duotone illustrations.

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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd; New edition edition (11 April 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500275092
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500275092
  • Product Dimensions: 28.3 x 22.1 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 209,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lee Miller 3 April 2010
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A beautifully produced and well written book about a truly extraordinary women. The only thing better than reading the book is to hear Antony speak about his mother in person, as I have at two separate NADFAS lectures.
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When I met Lee Miller she was the mother of my teenage school friend. On the many ocaisions I stayed, I became the means of communication with her son with whom she had a very strained relationship. She told me exotic stories of life in Paris between the wars. She told me fascinating stories of life on the front line of the American troops moving up through Europe. She told me horrifying stories of moving through woods where no birds sang and no animals moved, of finding the bludgeoned bodies of SS troops in the ditches by the side of the road, of being carried shoulder high through the concentration camp by Jewish prisoners too weak to stand the excitement of freedom and dropping dead under her.
At the time, I was never sure whether the stories were true. They were too fantastic for the imagination of a farmer's son from Cornwall. This book now makes me wonder how I have managed to do so little in my life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lives of Lee Miller 5 Dec 2009
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As a modern woman I envy her fantastic freedom and capacity to live life to the full without letting anything, or indeed anyone, get in her way. Makes me feel ashamed of complaining that society doesn't let me do things. If it is true in my time it was even truer in hers, but she didn't let this stopping her. Some people might think that she was helped by her beauty and that's certainly an aspect of her and I myself had this passing thought. However on second thought I don't think being beautiful is enough. It's Lee Miller's indomitable spirit, her great appetite for life and her fearlessness together with the ability to move on that made her the great woman she was.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This was a present... 25 Oct 2013
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This was a present for my grandmother, she had been talking about this women a lot and insisted how fascinating her life was so i brought her this and she was elated and said it was a fantastic and interesting read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars lee miller 24 Oct 2013
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i am enjoying her books, we visited her home nr lewes and met her son great woman ,model , war photographer and part of the art movment in uk. a very interesting woman.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Lives of Lee Miller 30 Nov 2010
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Following attending a Lecture on Lee Miller which was absolutely facinating, I found the book just as enthralling.

My type of woman.
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