Of War & Fashion: The Captivating Lee Miller

2017-09-13

No one was as talented and as alluring as Lee Miller, the war correspondent, model, surrealist, and photographer. Get to know one of the prolific female photographers of the 20th century.

The Lady Penrose is majorly known for her documentary war photography and fashion imagery, an unlikely dichotomy. When the Second World War broke, Vogue commissioned Miller to become their photojournalist, eventually documenting the Blitz.

"CHECKMATE. Checks cleverly placed ..." (London, England, 1943). Lee Miller - War and Fashion. September 8, 2017-4 March 2018 in Gallery 3. © Lee Miller Archives, England 2017. All rights reserved.

The American photographer was then teamed up with David E. Scherman, a LIFE Magazine correspondent as they traveled across Europe just before D-Day. The Miller-Scherman partnership brought iconic images of WWII.

After the war, Miller continued to work for Vogue for two more years and cushioned to fashion and celebrity photography. When it comes to one's oeuvre, Miller's remained one of the most interesting. Many believe that while Miller was trained a surrealist (under Man Ray) and fashion photographer, her exposure to the horrors of war through the lens had empowered and strengthened her within.

The Lee Miller: War and Fashion are currently showing rarely seen photographs from her oeuvre at the Stockholm City Theatre in Stockholm, which will close on March 4.

"Model wearing Digby Morton suit, shot through arch revealing bomb damage" (1941). Lee Miller - War and Fashion. September 8, 2017-4 March 2018 in Gallery 3.; "Leaving the Pierre et Rene hairdresser poodle travels in bicycle basketball, , Paris, France" (1944) Lee Miller - War and fashion. September 8, 2017-4 March 2018 in Gallery 3.; "Fashion shoot at The Six Bells (Della Oak LHS), Chiddingly, East Sussex, England." (1950). Lee Miller - War and Fashion. September 8, 2017-4 March 2018 in Gallery 3. © Lee Miller Archives, England 2017. All rights reserved.

Images are from the press kit.

written by lomographymagazine on 2017-09-13 #news #fashion-photography #documentary-photography #lee-miller

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