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Lee Miller: A Woman’s War

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2015 marked 70 years since the end of the Second World War. When war broke out in 1939, women embarked on a continuous process of change and adaptation. For some, including Miller herself, the war brought a form of emancipation and personal fulfillment, but its many privations caused widespread suffering.

Miller’s photography of women in Britain and Europe during this period reflects her unique insight as a woman and as a photographer capable of merging the worlds of art, fashion and photojournalism in a single image.

'Lee Miller: A Woman’s War' will trace Miller’s remarkable career as a photographer for Vogue Magazine and for the first time will address her vision of gender. Miller (1907–1977) was one of only four female professional photographers to be accredited as US official war correspondents during the Second World War. Recognised today as one of the most important female war photographers of the twentieth century, through her work Miller offers an intriguing insight into the impact of conflict on women’s lives, detailing their diverse experiences and her own world view.

Comprising four parts, this exhibition will document Miller’s evolving vision of women and their lives as she travelled between countries before, during and in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War. Alongside Miller’s striking photographs, many of which are on public display for the first time, artworks, costume, objects, documents and ephemera will contribute to this fascinating and rarely told story.

Accompanying events:
Lee Miller Curator Talks; January, 23, 2016
Join Hilary Roberts, curator of the exhibition, Antony Penrose, as he shares memories of his parents, Lee Miller and British Surrealist artist Roland Penrose.

Please find more information at Imperial War Museum

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