Lee Miller

Man Ray, Paris 1931

About this artwork

Miller moved from New York to Paris in 1929 to seek tuition from the, by that time, renowned photographer Man Ray. Beginning as his apprentice, Miller began to collaborate with Man Ray and together they accidently discovered the photographic technique of solarization. This photograph was taken during the years that they worked together in Paris, experimenting with Surrealist imagery and photographic techniques. The two were lovers and the intensity of their working lives seemed to be paralleled in their relationship. Miller left Man Ray in 1932 and pursued a successful career as a photojournalist and war correspondent. Man Ray was heartbroken by the split and made a number of works referencing Miller, including the famous ticking metronome with a printed image of her eye, called ‘Indestructible Object’.

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  • title:
    Man Ray, Paris 1931
  • accession number:
    GMA 5113
  • artist:
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  • materials:
    Black and white photograph (posthumous print)
  • date created:
    1931
  • measurements:
    Image: 23.20 x 17.40 cm; Paper: 35.50 x 27.10 cm
  • credit line:
    Purchased with help from the Patrons of the National Galleries of Scotland 2007
  • copyright:
    © Lee Miller Archives, England 2016. All rights reserved. www.leemiller.co.uk

Lee Miller

Lee Miller