Lee Miller: Considering a Life of Artistic and Political Liberation

The round table considered the life and work of the surrealist photographer Lee Miller.

Panellists reflected upon the remarkable work of the photographer Lee Miller, whose archive is located at Farley Farm in East Sussex.  It considered how her visual practice was driven by notions of personal, artistic and political liberation which set her at the very front of the artistic avant-garde in the 1930 and 1940s. Specifically the conversation explored her relationship with Paris and how she came to see the city as a unique space of surrealist liberation, in particular through two key moments in her life: as a photographer in Paris between 1929 and 1932 and as a photojournalist who covered the Liberation of Europe 1944 – 45 for Vogue.

This event was introduced by Professor Mary Krell (Sussex) and chaired by Professor Martin Evans (Sussex).

The speakers were Ami Bouhassane (Lee Miller Archives), Professor Hanna Diamond (Cardiff), Dr Sarah Dunstan (Queen Mary), Antony Penrose (Lee Miller Archives)

Image: Self portrait with headband, Lee Miller Studios, Inc., New York, USA c.1932 by Lee Miller © Lee Miller Archives, England 2021. All rights reserved. leemiller.co.uk

Organised in collaboration with Farleys House & Gallery, Lee Miller Archives and Brighton Photo Fringe, with the support of the Resistance Network at Sussex.

Event Details
  • Start Date
    10 June, 2021 5:00 pm
  • End Date
    10 June, 2021 7:00 pm
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