Lee Miller first entered the world of photography in New York as a model to the great photographers of the day such as Edward Steichen, Hoyningen-Huene and Arnold Genthe. In 1929 she went to Paris and worked with the well known Surrealist artist and photographer Man Ray and succeeded in establishing her own studio. She became known as a portraitist and fashion photographer, but her most enduring body of work is that of her Surrealist images.
In 1944 she became a correspondent accredited to the US Army and teamed up with Time Life photographer David E. Scherman. She followed the troops overseas on D Day+20. She was probably the only woman combat photo-journalist to cover the front line war in Europe.
After the war she continued to contribute to Vogue for a further 2 years, covering fashion and celebrities and some of her portraits of famous artists such as Picasso are the most powerful portraits of the individuals ever produced.
Lee Miller died at Farleys in 1977.
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