3 Feb-30 May 2005. Lee Miller, who died in 1977 at the age of seventy actually began her career on the other side of the lens as a fashion model. She started out working for the American version of Vogue but later turned to photography and became renowned for her photographs of a phenomenal array of famous artists. The exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery includes over 120 black-and-white portraits of intimate studies of friends and lovers as well as photographs taken when she was Vogues war correspondent during the Second World War. Her personal relationships with the Surrealist artist Man Ray and the British collector Roland Penrose ensured that she had access to the great and the good of 20th-century artistic circles. Her photographic studies onclude those of: Pablo Picasso, Max Ernst, Fred Astaire, Colette and Marlene Dietrich. During the Second World War her photography became more social as she took photographs of Londoners engaged in a variety of wartime occupations. In July 1944 Miller was in Normandy, taking photographs and writing reports from the front. She covered the siege of St Malo, the Allied advance, the liberation of Paris, the liberation of Buchenwald and Dachau and the destruction of Hitler's mountain retreat.
Address National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, London WC2H 0HE. Tel. +44-20-73122463. Open daily from 10.00 to 18.00. Late night opening Thur and Fri until 21.00. Closest tube station is Charing Cross and Leicester Square.
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Lee Miller: Portraits
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, London WC2H 0HE. Tel. +44-20-73122463. Open daily from 10.00 to 18.00. Late night opening Thur and Fri until 21.00. Closest tube station is Charing Cross and Leicester Square.
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