The Art of Lee Miller
By Mark Haworth-Booth
224 pages, 175 duotones and 5 full color illustrations, 9" x 11"
Hardcover ISBN: 9780300123753
Softcover ISBN: 9781851775194
One of the most remarkable photographic artists of the twentieth century, Lee Miller (1907–1977) created Surrealist-inspired photographs of haunting originality, portraits of genius, and daring war photographs. This definitive book features the largest published collection of Miller's output on both sides of the camera, as well as a comprehensive examination of her life and art.
As a model for Vogue in the late 1920s, Miller posed for such giants as Edward Steichen and Arnold Genthe. In 1929, she sought out Man Ray as a mentor in Paris and promptly became his apprentice, collaborator, and muse. She went on to distinguish herself across genres, shooting surrealist images, advertising, travel reportage and photojournalism as the only accredited female photo-reporter active in WWII combat areas. Nearly impossible to pigeonhole, Miller shot celebrity portraits with a surrealist sensibility and composed surrealist images that demand an emotional connection.
Published by Yale University Press to accompany the traveling exhibition celebrating the centenary of Miller's birth, this book brings together all the major vintage prints for the first time, including sensational works never published before, rare and revealing drawings and an extraordinary collage from 1937, as well as extracts from her writing. All aspects of Lee Miller's career are covered in detail, including Paris (1928–32); her New York studio (1932–4); the Egyptian period (1934–7) and travels in the late 1930s; her powerful war reportage; and finally her post-war portraiture.