759 – Lee Miller

Here’s a link to Lee’s wiki page; https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=Lee+Miller&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en-gb&client=safari

In summary, Lee Miller was found by Vogue, and became a famous model in the 1920’s It’s worth reading her full story, she had a talent for photography, and became a wartime photographer. And so to the exhibition.

The exhibition was housed in Newman’s Gallery, Petworth. Only about 20 miles from us. It was quite a pleasant trip driving to Petworth, across the South downs, lovely rolling countryside.

New lands Gallery is an 18th century town house in the middle of Petworth. Each room contained a brief explanatory narrative and a number of picture, ten or so, and in a couple of rooms prints of Picasso’s pictures with whom she had a strong relationship over many years.

Who am I to comment on the quality of pictures taken by a world famous photographer? But, I had the distinct feeling of “anybody could have taken these pictures”. I didn’t think there was anything spectacular about exposure, other than it was of course correct and she was there and nobody else took them.

Lee Miller became famous as a war photographer, it was her pictures that brought home the horrors of the Nazi’s acts at Dachau. There were just a few of these, only three or four in the exhibition. They were upsetting.

I gained impression of a bohemian life style that I associate with artists from the early 20th century. whether it was like that in reality, I don’t know. I did buy a book; the lives of Lee Miller which I will add to my reading list.

This is the first professional photographic exhibition that I have been to. I put it amongst my artistic experiences as one that I very much wish to repeat.

After the exhibition, we went to a local pub for lunch, which was very nice. We stopped on the way back at a viewing point which was lovely, and do you know? I didn’t take any pictures. Really?

Published by Bill

I just want to write, but I prefer to stay away from controversial topics like politics. I am happy to confess that at the moment, I am writing for me. If you enjoy my writings, and I hope you do then that is all the better.

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