previews

London

Lee Miller

Victoria and Albert Museum
Cromwell Road
September 15, 2007–January 6, 2008

Jeu de Paume
1 place de la Concorde
October 13, 2008–January 11, 2009

Philadelphia Museum of Art
26th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
January 26–April 27, 2008

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
151 Third Street
July 1–September 28, 2008

Curated by Mark Haworth-Booth

Child model for her amateur lensman father; Vogue cover girl; Man Ray’s Surrealist muse: It’s hard to imagine a woman of her era more photographed than Lee Miller. But as this retrospective demonstrates, Miller was also a serious imagemaker in her own right. Whether by fluke or by reaction formation, the four photographers who learned their trade in Man Ray’s atelier—Bernice Abbott, Bill Brandt, Jacques-André Boiffard, and Miller herself—all abandoned his experimental approach for straight photography. Of the 140-odd images in this exhibition, which date from the late 1920s to the early ’50s, by far the most arresting are those Miller shot as the only female photojournalist on the front during World War II—as a correspondent for British Vogue. Travels to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Jan. 26–Apr. 27, 2008; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, July 1–Sept. 21, 2008; Jeu de Paume, Paris, Oct. 13 2008–Jan. 11, 2009.