Image: Self-portrait (with headband), Lee Miller Studios, Inc., New York, USA 1932 by Lee Miller © Lee Miller Archives England 2023. All Rights Reserved. Image above: Lee Miller wearing sunbathing outfit with pareo, Jacques Heim, Paris 1937 by Roland Penrose © Lee Miller Archives England 2023. All Rights Reserved.
Born near New York in 1907, at an early age Miller became a model for Vogue magazine. Moving to Paris in 1929 she worked with the artist Man Ray and on returning to New York she established her own photography studio. In the 1930s now living in Egypt, she embarked on a European trip using her skill as a photographer to capture her adventures. It was during these travels that she met artist and collector Roland Penrose. In 1940 Miller, based in London, worked as a photographer for Vogue. Taking full advantage of her position as official war correspondent she travelled to Europe where she photographed the horrors of the recently liberated Nazi concentration camps. In 1947 she married Penrose and gave birth to their son, Anthony, moving to Farley’s House in Sussex in 1949. It was here she retired her previous life to the attics of this house, reinventing herself as a gourmande.
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