Lee Miller: Witnessing Women at War | University of Oxford

Lee Miller: Witnessing Women at War

Speaker
Antony Penrose (photographer and co-director of the Lee Miller Archive)
Event date
Event time
17:00
Venue
Rothermere American Institute
1a South Parks Road
Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX1 3UB
Event type
Lectures and seminars
Event cost
Free
Disabled access?
Yes
Booking required
Not required

For Lee Miller, a woman at war was any woman caught up in World War 2. She shot faultless images for Vogue's haute couture in London's bombed out streets. She documented the magnificent work of the WRNS, ATS, the Land Girls, the WRVS and the nurses. She shows us the refugees in Europe, girls accused of collaboration and women forced into slave labour or prostitution and concentration camp victims. Their roles range from bravery to stupidity and from enforced involvement to volunteering. It is told against the background of Lee Miller's own life story which takes her from being a fashion supermodel via life as a surrealist artist to a combat photographer and finally a gourmet cook.