From starting as a model in the 1920s, to establishing herself as a successful fashion and fine art photographer, to then covering some of the monumental events in history for Vogue, Lee Miller is an inspirational lady. To fit in with our monthly theme of “Lady”, we wanted to cover the new exhibition celebrating Lee Miller‘s life and works currently on at the Imperial War Museum.
Lee Miller in steel helmet specially designed for using a camera, Normandy, France 1944 by unknown photographer Photographer Unknown © The Penrose Collection, England 2015. All rights reserved.
“IWM London presents Lee Miller: A Woman’s War, a new major exhibition of 150 photographs depicting women’s experience of the Second World War by acclaimed photographer Lee Miller. Lee Miller: A Woman’s War is sponsored by Barclays and produced in collaboration with the Lee Miller Archives.”
“Lee Miller: A Woman’s War will trace Miller’s remarkable career as a photographer for Vogue Magazine and for the first time will address her vision of gender. Miller was one of only four female professional photographers to be accredited as US official war correspondents during the Second World War. Recognised today as one of the most important female war photographers of the twentieth century, through her work Miller offers an intriguing insight into the impact of conflict on women’s lives, detailing their diverse experiences and her own world view. ”
The exhibition explores the impact of the war on women in particular. This interesting angle demands such a raw thoughtful response from the audience. The fragile Black and white prints reflect the uncertainty of the time and atmosphere in the war.
“Lee Miller: A Woman’s War” is showing until the 24th of April 2016. Find out all the details here.
Sophie Calle, a fellow female photographer, also explores human and social experiences. The french photographer similarly uses people as her subject however, Calle looks into everyday life and often money. Find out more about her recent project ‘Cash Machine’ over in our current issue “Nuance” here.