Extraordinary life recounted
10:37am Tuesday 5th April 2011 in Local Entertainment News
The extraordinary life and work of Lee Miller, the renowned model, surrealist photojournalist and Second World War correspondent, will be recounted by her son at Laugharne Memorial Hall tonight (Tuesday).
Anthony Penrose is director of the Lee Miller archives and collection and was approached by Tin Shed Experience to give the lecture.
Tin Shed Experience is a newly renovated 1930s tin sheeted building adjacent to the Memorial Hall and is due to officially open in late April. It will predominately operate as a museum housing items of memorabilia from the 1930s and 1940s.
The late Lee Miller was born in Poughkeepsie, New York, in 1907. Throughout her extraordinary life Lee travelled through several countries and intended to settle down in London with her second husband, artist Roland Penrose. When the Blitz in London began, Lee ignored the pleas from her family and the US Embassy to return home to America. Instead Miller decided to embark on a new career as a photojournalist. Working for Vogue magazine, she would document the devastation of the Blitz. In December 1942, Lee was accredited into the US Army and teamed up with photographer David E. Scherman. She would go on to document some of the most iconic scenes of the European War.
After her return to Britain, Lee battled the horrors of war once again suffering post-traumatic stress syndrome and clinical depression which would take its toll on her health and family life. She later settled in East Sussex with Roland and in 1977, she died of cancer, aged 70.
A Tin Shed Experience spokesman said: “Lee Miller was unique in style and personality; her images are of a difficult time and are both provocative and emotional.
“We are so privileged to have the son of one of the most iconic war photographers in our company.”
To accompany the lecture, there will be a large collection of authentic war correspondent paraphernalia on show, including camera equipment used during the filming of the HBO mini series Band of Brothers.
To secure a ticket for this unique event, contact Matt on 07897 514199.
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