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Lee Miller (1907 - 1977)

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.

Lee Miller as the statue in Jean Cocteau movies The Blood of a Poet, 1930
Lee Miller as the statue in Jean Cocteau movies The Blood of a Poet, 1930
Lee Miller Portait, 1927 by Arnold Genthe
Lee Miller Portait, 1927 by Arnold Genthe
Lee Miller Tania Ramm and Bell Jar, Variant on Hommage à D.A.F. de Sade, 1930, Archives, Sussex, England; © Lee Miller
Lee Miller Tania Ramm and Bell Jar, Variant on Hommage à D.A.F. de Sade, 1930, Archives, Sussex, England; © Lee Miller
Lee Miller Man Ray, 1929
Lee Miller Man Ray, 1929
Lee Miller Self Portrait, 1930, Sussex, England; © Lee Miller Archives
Lee Miller Self Portrait, 1930, Sussex, England; © Lee Miller Archives
Lee Miller Nude with Sunray Lamp, c.1929, © 2011 Man Ray ADAGP
Lee Miller Nude with Sunray Lamp, c.1929, © 2011 Man Ray ADAGP
Lee Miller Shadow Patterns on Lee Miller’s Torso',, c.1930, © 2011 Man Ray ADAGP
Lee Miller Shadow Patterns on Lee Miller’s Torso',, c.1930, © 2011 Man Ray ADAGP
Lee Miller Solarized Portrait of Lee Miller, c.1930, © 2011 Man Ray ADAGP
Lee Miller Solarized Portrait of Lee Miller, c.1930, © 2011 Man Ray ADAGP
Lee Miller Lee Miller’s Eye, 1932, © 2011 Man Ray ADAGP
Lee Miller Lee Miller’s Eye, 1932, © 2011 Man Ray ADAGP
Lee Miller Neck, c.1930 , © 2011 Man Ray ADAGP
Lee Miller Neck, c.1930 , © 2011 Man Ray ADAGP
Lee Miller A l’heure de l’observatoire – les amoureux, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, © Man Ray ADAGP
Lee Miller A l’heure de l’observatoire – les amoureux, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, © Man Ray ADAGP
Lee Miller  and Man Ray Feria, 1930
Lee Miller and Man Ray Feria, 1930
Lee Miller Portrait of Lee Miller - Flying Head, c.1930 © Man Ray ADAGP
Lee Miller Portrait of Lee Miller - Flying Head, c.1930 © Man Ray ADAGP
Lee Miller  wearing a jeanne Lanvin dress, 1932 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis
Lee Miller wearing a jeanne Lanvin dress, 1932 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis
Lee Miller 1930 , © 2011 Man Ray ADAGP
Lee Miller 1930 , © 2011 Man Ray ADAGP
Lee Miller,1930 , © 2011 Man Ray ADAGP
Lee Miller,1930 , © 2011 Man Ray ADAGP
Lee Miller Portrait de Lee Miller à L'Arlésienne ,1937 by Pablo Picasso © 2011 Man Ray ADAGP
Lee Miller Portrait de Lee Miller à L'Arlésienne ,1937 by Pablo Picasso © 2011 Man Ray ADAGP
Lee Miller Lee Miller for British Vogue,15 April 1932 by Horst P.Horst
Lee Miller Lee Miller for British Vogue,15 April 1932 by Horst P.Horst
Lee Miller, 1932, by George Hoyningen Huene.
Lee Miller, 1932, by George Hoyningen Huene.
Lee Miller, 1930, by Man Ray
Lee Miller, 1930, by Man Ray
Lee Miller, 1928, by George Hoyningen Huene
Lee Miller, 1928, by George Hoyningen Huene
Lee Miller, 1928, by George Hoyningen Huene
Lee Miller, 1928, by George Hoyningen Huene
Paul, Nusch Éluard et Lee Miller,1937, by Roland Penrose
Paul, Nusch Éluard et Lee Miller,1937, by Roland Penrose
Lee Miller and Erik, 1930, by George Hoyningen Huene
Lee Miller and Erik, 1930, by George Hoyningen Huene
Lee Miller A l'heure de l'observatoire, les amoureux  1936, by Man ray
Lee Miller A l'heure de l'observatoire, les amoureux 1936, by Man ray
Lee Miller Ile de france boat 1932, New York
Lee Miller Ile de france boat 1932, New York
Lee Miller in the apartment of publisher Conde Nast , 1928, New York by Edward Steichen © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis
Lee Miller in the apartment of publisher Conde Nast , 1928, New York by Edward Steichen © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis
Lee Miller wearing Chanel, 1928, New York by Edward Steichen © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis
Lee Miller wearing Chanel, 1928, New York by Edward Steichen © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis
Lee Miller and June Cox on board George Baker's yacht, 1928
Lee Miller and June Cox on board George Baker's yacht, 1928
Lee Miller and June Cox in Morrored dress designed by Lucien belong, 1929, New York by George Hoyningen Huene © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis
Lee Miller and June Cox in Morrored dress designed by Lucien belong, 1929, New York by George Hoyningen Huene © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis
Edward Steichen, J.Cow, E.Voght, Lee Miller, H.Sherman seated in the back of george Baher's yacht, 1928 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis
Edward Steichen, J.Cow, E.Voght, Lee Miller, H.Sherman seated in the back of george Baher's yacht, 1928 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis
Lee Miller, 1931 by George Hoyningen-Huene © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis
Lee Miller, 1931 by George Hoyningen-Huene © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis
Lee Miller ,1931 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis
Lee Miller ,1931 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis
Lee Miller The Blood of a Poet, 1930 written and directed by Jean Cocteau
Lee Miller The Blood of a Poet, 1930 written and directed by Jean Cocteau
Lee Miller The Blood of a Poet, 1930 written and directed by Jean Cocteau
Lee Miller The Blood of a Poet, 1930 written and directed by Jean Cocteau
Lee Miller The Blood of a Poet, 1930 written and directed by Jean Cocteau
Lee Miller The Blood of a Poet, 1930 written and directed by Jean Cocteau
Lee Miller The Blood of a Poet, 1930 written and directed by Jean Cocteau
Lee Miller The Blood of a Poet, 1930 written and directed by Jean Cocteau
Lee Miller The Blood of a Poet, 1930 written and directed by Jean Cocteau
Lee Miller The Blood of a Poet, 1930 written and directed by Jean Cocteau
Lee Miller, Marie-Berthe Aurenche and Max Ernst, 1930 by Man Ray
Lee Miller, Marie-Berthe Aurenche and Max Ernst, 1930 by Man Ray
Lee Miller, Abstract Composition (Portrait of Lee Miller), Oil on panel 75x51, 1930 by Sir Rland Penrose
Lee Miller, Abstract Composition (Portrait of Lee Miller), Oil on panel 75x51, 1930 by Sir Rland Penrose
Lee Miller, 1930 by Man Ray
Lee Miller, 1930 by Man Ray
Lee Miller, Lee Miller’s Portrait as Arlésienne 1937. Oil on canvas, A. & R. Penrose, England © Picasso Estate. VEGAP
Lee Miller, Lee Miller’s Portrait as Arlésienne 1937. Oil on canvas, A. & R. Penrose, England © Picasso Estate. VEGAP
Lee Miller, Lee Miller’s Portrait as Arlésienne 1937. Oil on canvas, Private Collection © Picasso Estate. VEGAP
Lee Miller, Lee Miller’s Portrait as Arlésienne 1937. Oil on canvas, Private Collection © Picasso Estate. VEGAP
Lee Miller, first appeared in Vogue on its March 1927 cover
 by Georges Lepape
Lee Miller, first appeared in Vogue on its March 1927 cover by Georges Lepape
Lee Miller, Nu penché en avant 1930 © Lee Miller
Lee Miller, Nu penché en avant 1930 © Lee Miller
Lee Miller, 1928 by Edward Steichen
Lee Miller, 1928 by Edward Steichen
Lee Miller, 1930 by Man Ray
Lee Miller, 1930 by Man Ray
Lee Miller, Self Portrait in Headband 1932, New-York © Lee Miller Archives, England 2008
Lee Miller, Self Portrait in Headband 1932, New-York © Lee Miller Archives, England 2008
Lee Miller, Untitled (collage of Lee Miller) 1949, by Joseph Cornell
Lee Miller, Untitled (collage of Lee Miller) 1949, by Joseph Cornell
Lee Miller & Marion Morehouse Cummings, 1929, by Cecil Beaton
Lee Miller & Marion Morehouse Cummings, 1929, by Cecil Beaton
Lee Miller Antoine - le sculpteur de masques 1933, by Man Ray
Lee Miller Antoine - le sculpteur de masques 1933, by Man Ray
Lee Miller in Dominguez' Wheelbarrow 1937, by Man Ray
Lee Miller in Dominguez' Wheelbarrow 1937, by Man Ray
Lee Miller Portrait 1932, by Man Ray
Lee Miller Portrait 1932, by Man Ray
Lee Miller Portrait 1932, by Man Ray
Lee Miller Portrait 1932, by Man Ray
Lee Miller Portrait 1929, by Man Ray
Lee Miller Portrait 1929, by Man Ray
Lee Miller The Blood of a Poet 1930, written and directed by Jean Cocteau
Lee Miller The Blood of a Poet 1930, written and directed by Jean Cocteau
Lee Miller 1930, by Man Ray
Lee Miller 1930, by Man Ray
Lee Miller Portrait 1933, by Man Rey
Lee Miller Portrait 1933, by Man Rey
Lee Miller in Camouflage 1941, by David E. Scherman
Lee Miller in Camouflage 1941, by David E. Scherman
Lee Miller in sweden taken by her father 1930
Lee Miller in sweden taken by her father 1930
Lee Miller, 1930, by George Hoyningen-Huene
Lee Miller, 1930, by George Hoyningen-Huene
Lee Miller & Pablo Picasso Libération de Paris 1944, by George Hoyningen-Huene
Lee Miller & Pablo Picasso Libération de Paris 1944, by George Hoyningen-Huene
Lee Miller, 1930, by Man Ray
Lee Miller, 1930, by Man Ray
Lee Miller Portrait 1927, by Arnold Genthe
Lee Miller Portrait 1927, by Arnold Genthe
Lee Miller Electricity 1931, by Man Ray
Lee Miller Electricity 1931, by Man Ray
Theodore Miler, Lee Miller and Tanja Ramm breakfast in Miller's paris Studio 1929
Theodore Miler, Lee Miller and Tanja Ramm breakfast in Miller's paris Studio 1929
Lee Miller in Delineator magazine March 1929 by Edward Steichen
Lee Miller in Delineator magazine March 1929 by Edward Steichen
Lee Miller Portrait 1930 by Man ray
Lee Miller Portrait 1930 by Man ray
Lee Miller, Portrait 1928
Lee Miller, Portrait 1928
Lee Miller 1930's
Lee Miller 1930's
Lee Miller Portrait 1930, by Man ray
Lee Miller Portrait 1930, by Man ray
Lee Miller Self Portrait with sphinxes 1940
Lee Miller Self Portrait with sphinxes 1940
Lee Miller Vogue 1928, by Edward Steichen
Lee Miller Vogue 1928, by Edward Steichen
Lee Miller in Uniform London, 1944, by David E.Schermann
Lee Miller in Uniform London, 1944, by David E.Schermann
Lee Miller and Belbourne Le Baiser, 1930 by Man Ray
Lee Miller and Belbourne Le Baiser, 1930 by Man Ray
Lee Miller Portrait, 1930 by Man Ray
Lee Miller Portrait, 1930 by Man Ray
Lee Miller Nude study, 1 july 1928 by her father Theodore Miller, Kingwood Park, Poughkeepsie, New York
Lee Miller Nude study, 1 july 1928 by her father Theodore Miller, Kingwood Park, Poughkeepsie, New York
Lee Miller Portrait
Lee Miller Portrait "un ange passe pour radoucir le reste", 1930 by Man Ray,
Lee Miller Portrait, 1930 by Man Ray
Lee Miller Portrait, 1930 by Man Ray
Lee Miller 1930's
Lee Miller 1930's
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