Born in New York, Lee Miller studied acting in Paris and her home-town in the 1920s before commencing a modelling career gracing the cover of the American Vogue and sitting for the most important photographers of her time such as Edward Steichen and George Hoyningen-Huene. In 1929, she became Man Ray's lover, muse, pupil and collaborator, learning to master lighting, printing and photography. She soon contributed to Vogue not only as a model but also as a photographer with her elegant, almost abstract scenes and portraits as well as radical Surrealist nudes. In 1932, she founded her own studio in New York and, travelling to Egypt from 1935 to 1939, took iconic images of the desert monasteries that evoked the modern forms developed by Le Corbusier. Settled in London during World War II, Lee Miller imprinted the chaos of the Blitz, the French Liberation as well as the German death camps, therefore becoming British Vogue's most prolific contributor and reporter. One of the most remarkable free-spirited female icons of the 20th century, Lee Miller combined tragedy- raped at only seven, documenting the horrors of the war – and bliss – fashion, art, love and A-list entourage, the whole with a touch of humour embodied by the legendary photograph of the sculptural beauty having a bath in Hitler's Munich apartment.