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The Art of Lee Miller - Victoria and Albert Museum

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

AN EXHIBITION entitled The Art of Lee Miller will run from September 15, 2007 to January 6, 2008 at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.

Lee Miller is one of the most renowned female icons of the 20th century – a unique individual admired as much for her free-spirit, creativity and intelligence as for her classical beauty.

The exhibition will cover her extraordinary career as a photographer and is the first complete retrospective of her life and work, exploring her transformation from artist’s muse to ground-breaking artist.

Miller was born in New York in 1907 and modelled for Vogue before meeting Man Ray in Paris in 1929. She became both his lover and muse, and inspired by his work, started to develop her own images.

She became war photographer for London Vogue and was the only woman in combat photojournalism in Europe. After the war she returned to fashion photography and portraiture, photographing key figures of the day including Picasso, Man Ray and Miro.

The exhibition will celebrate the centenary of her birth.

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