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July 25, 2012

Photography Exhibit “Lee Miller” Opens in Berlin

By Ingrid Skjong | Art

Photography Exhibit “Lee Miller” Opens in Berlin
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From fashion shoots to war zones, American photographer Lee Miller had a knack for capturing moments wherever she was. Opening August 3 at Galerie Hiltawsky in Berlin, the exhibit “Lee Miller” showcases that versatility through 40 of her photographs.

Born in Poughkeepsie, New York, Miller started out as a model for photographers like Edward Steichen before moving to the other side of the lens. The exhibit pays special attention to her portrait work done in Paris in the late 1920s, where she developed a sharp eye for Surrealism. She also took numerous portraits of her friends, including Picasso, Marlene Dietrich and Surrealist poet Paul Éluard. (Her photos are also currently on display at dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel, Germany.)

She moved to New York in 1932. From there, her story reads like a sweeping adventure saga: She married Aziz Eloui Bey, a well-to-do Egyptian businessman. She shot for Vogue magazine and worked with Man Ray. She was a war correspondent in 1944, accompanying U.S. troops into battle as possibly the sole woman covering the war from the field in Europe. “She would unerringly find an image that contained the marvelous in the everyday,” says her son, Anthony Penrose. “The result is often humorous, sometimes shocking and always present at some level in her work—even in the combat photographs she took in WWII.” On view through October 6; Tucholskystraße 41; 49-171/813-4567; hiltawsky.com.