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The Legendary Lee Miller
by her son Antony Penrose
of the lecture
on April 22nd 2015
Surrealism - a 20th
century avant-garde movement in
art and literature which sought to release the creative potential of
the unconscious mind for example by the irrational juxtaposition of
Lee Miller was certainly a surrealist – one of the first. She
life to the full following her wild inclinations and comprehensive
Having suffered from gonorrhoea for fifteen years after being raped at
the age of seven, she made a full recovery and really made the most of
what life could offer: a model and a war correspondent for Vogue (which
had resulted from a chance meeting with Conde Naste), she
ranged around the world with love affairs and friendships scattered far
Her relationship and association with Man Ray was lasting and
influential but she was always her own woman.
One of the most outstanding achievements of her photographic career
were the searing and agonising pictures that she took of the Nazi
concentration camps when they were first liberated. What courage
have taken to perform this task.
Her son Antony
Penrose, who gave the lecture, has inherited much of her
charisma and charm and revealed that as a small child he hardly knew
Miller and was brought up by a nanny (whom he adored) and attended
school for most of his school life. It was only as a young
that a rapprochement occurred and they became good friends. He
aware of her wonderful achievements in the world of photography and
photo-journalism and felt the world should be made aware of her great
talents and courage.
His lecture was instructive, moving and funny in turn and I could have
listened to him speak for much longer.
Thank you Antony.
If you were unfortunate to have missed this lecture
there is a great deal of information in Wikipedia and better still pay
a visit to Farley Farm her home, or visit one of the many exhibitions
that are travelling around the country.
Miller - Wikipedia article
Miller: A Woman's War (Imperial War Museum)
CDFAS visits Farley Farm House