L'Art de Lee Miller/ The Art of Lee Miller
Paris, Jeu de Paume


Lee Miller went from being a star model for American Vogue to a photographer and reporter for the same publication. Organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, this show charts her career in front of and behind the camera's lens, her love life and friendships with artistic figures such as Picasso.

Miller (1907-1977) started modeling for Vogue at 17 and within a year became its top model, being photographed by the likes of Steichen and Man Ray. In 1929, she moved to Paris, where she became Man Ray's assistant, model and lover. Inspired by him, she began making fashion photography, and Surrealist-influenced and solarized works. Then she moved to New York, opened a studio and, following her marriage to an Egyptian businessman, moved to Cairo where she photographed the desert and ruins. During the Second World War, she was a correspondent with the US army, and her articles and photographs were published in Vogue. After the war, she married Roland Penrose and contributed to his biographies on Picasso, Man Ray and Tapies. Amusingly, the couple asked their guests, such as Max Ernst, to perform household and gardening tasks at their English home.



October 21, 2008, through January 4, 2009
Place de la Concorde
75001 Paris
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