Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Lee Miller

Lee Miller by Man Ray 1930
Lee Miller in Hitlers bathtub 1945-photo by David Scherman
Fire Masks 1944
Facing the Firing Squad 1946
Buchenwald Guard 1945
Eileen Agar 1937
Charlie Chaplin 1930

"Elizabeth 'Lee' Miller, Lady Penrose (23 April 1907 – 21 July 1977) was an American photographer. Born in Poughkeepsie, New York in 1907, she was a successful fashion model in New York City in the 1920s before going to Paris where she became an established fashion and fine art photographer. During the Second World War, she became an acclaimed war correspondent for Vogue magazine covering events such as the London Blitz, the liberation of Paris, and the concentration camps at Buchenwald and Dachau. Her parents were Theodore and Florence Miller (née MacDonald). Her father was of German descent, and her mother a Canadian of Scottish and Irish descent. She had a younger brother named Erik, and older brother named John. Theodore always favored Elizabeth, and he often used her as a model for his amateur photography. When Elizabeth was seven years old, she was raped while staying with a family friend in Brooklyn. Soon after, it was realized that Elizabeth had contracted gonorrhea." wikipedia

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