- posted: December 07 @ 12:11am
Day 037 - Photo History #6
At 19 she became a model gracing the covers of Vogue, Vanity Fair among other illustrious fashion magazines, posing for the best photographers of the time including Edward Steichen (see my 11/16/09 photograph)
She moved to Paris and modeled for surrealist Man Ray (see 11/23/09 photograph) becoming his student, assistant and lover in the process accidentally discovering Solarization to which Man Ray claimed the credit.
She married, moved to Egypt, divorced, returned to Paris until WWII broke out in 1939 when she traveled to London and became a war correspondent to Vogue Magazine.
She became one of two female photographers to photograph actual combat (Margaret Bourke-White being the other). She would photograph the fall of Berlin, photographing herself in Hitler's bathtub and becoming one of the first photographers to document the concentration camps. The camp guards tried to hide among the prisoners, were severely beaten as they pleaded for mercy.
Lee Miller had a diverse and powerful career.
She is certainly a favorite of mine.