CLair Gallery, Saint Paul de Vence
September 29 to October 31, 2013
1, Rue de la TourF-06570, Saint Paul de Vence, France
+33.(0)493.586332


"Lee Miller had a prodigious life. More accurately, she had half a dozen discrete, self-contained prodigious lives, one after another". Thus David Scherman, close friend and colleague of Lee Miller, attempted to describe the great American photographer.

Lee Miller was born in Poughkeepsie, New York in 1907 and debuted her career as a fashion model to the great photographers of the time, including Edward Steichen, Hoyningen-Huene and Arnold Genthe. In 1929, Miller travelled to Paris and worked with the Surrealist artist and photographer Man Ray, and succeeded in establishing her own studio. She developed into a fashion photographer and portraitist in her own right.

The exhibition is composed of 30 black and white, modern and vintage prints that date from 1932 to the 1960s. They include silver gelatin and platinum prints of portraits, self-portraits, fashion photography, and street photography. The collection also includes a unique vintage print taken by an anonymous photographer of Lee Miller flying to Germany in 1946.

The photographs exhibited at CLair Gallery reveal the various facets of the photographer. She was a fashion photographer, a war reporter, observer of the times, a friend of Picasso’s and a surrealist muse. Lee Miller’s vision is at once manifold and deeply personal. This exhibition invites the viewer to rediscover a bygone period, and the unexpected encounters between a photographer and her times.