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Photojournalism • Art & Performance Studies • Biographies • European History • Fashion & Photography • Feminist Studies • Women, Gender, and Sexuality • World War II
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Date of Completion: 2020 | Run Time: 60 minutes | Language: English | Captions: No | Includes: Transcript | Director: Teresa Griffiths | Producer: Rachel Hooper | Executive Producer: Angus Macqueen
When Lee Miller returned to New York from Europe in October 1932, newspaper reporters were waiting to greet her as her ship docked. Disembarking in a smart beret and fur-collared coat, she smiled for the journalist from the New York World-Telegram. When he referred to her as 'one of the most photographed girls in Manhattan', she retorted, 'I'd rather take a picture than be one.”
Lee Miller is one of the most remarkable female icons of the 20th century. A model turned photographer turned war reporter - Miller chose to live her life by her own rules. This film celebrates a subject who defied anyone who tried to pin her down, put her on a pedestal or pigeonhole her in any way. It tells the story of a trailblazer, often at odds with the morality of the day, who refused to be subjugated by the dominant male figures around her.