Lee Miller – Attic to Archives

This talk from the Lee Miller Archives kicked-off ongoing collaborations between the University of Sussex’s Sussex Festival of Ideas, and the Lee Miller Association and Farley Farm.

This was a behind the scenes look at the creation of the Lee Miller Archives which today houses more than 60,000 negatives of Lee Miller’s work, 20,000 vintage prints, many manuscripts and ephemera. Led by her own descendants, it presented the story of how Lee Miller’s family came to conserve and disseminate her work, that of Roland Penrose and their home Farleys. 

This event will be introduced by Professor Mary Agnes Krell.

Organised in collaboration with Farleys House & Gallery, Lee Miller Archives and Brighton Photo Fringe.


Detailed description from the Lee Miller Archives:

A behind the scenes look at the creation of the Lee Miller Archives which today houses more than 60,000 negatives of Lee Miller’s work, 20,000 vintage prints, many manuscripts and ephemera.

Ami Bouhassane (grand-daughter of Lee Miller and Roland Penrose) presents the story of how Lee Miller’s family came to conserve and disseminate her work, that of Roland Penrose and their home Farleys, which has become an artists house that is open to the public. To self fund the archive produces a constant stream of books, films, exhibitions and works with Farleys to open the house. In 1977, when Lee Miller died her photography work had been mostly forgotten, this presentation tracks the history of the archives, its knock backs and some of the major exhibitions created that brought Lee Miller’s work back into the public eye, whilst at the same time enabling the conservation, administration and financing of the archive which is privately run and supports itself though revenue received from its activities.

This story is an attestation to the 43 years of hard work and determination to preserve and continue the legacy of Lee Miller, Roland Penrose and their home at Farleys.

The 45 minute zoom presentation will be followed by a Q&A.

Event Details
  • Start Date
    11 June, 2021 5:00 pm
  • End Date
    11 June, 2021 6:30 pm
  • Status
    Expired
  • Location