In 1929 Miller travelled to France to work as an assistant to the surrealist artist Man Ray. Three years later, she returned to New York to set up her own photography studio. Many of the photos she took during this time bear the influence of Man Ray in their distinctly surrealist approach. This striking image is of the artist Joseph Cornell. It features the artist in profile, merged into one of his ‘objects’. In 1932 Cornell featured in an exhibition of Surrealism in New York and four years later he was included in the Museum of Modern Art’s exhibition ‘Fantastic Art Dada and Surrealism’.