Lee Miller's War - Beyond D-Day

Lee Miller's War

Beyond D-Day

  1. Edited by Anthony Penrose
  2. Foreword by David E. Scherman
  • ISBN 9780500291542
  • 24.00 x 18.40 cm
  • Paperback with flaps
  • 208pp
  • 159 Illustrations, 0 in colour
  • First published 2014

Now available in a new compact edition, this important work is published to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

‘A diary of photographs so powerful you feel you could step into them … an astonishingly vivid journalist of both words and image’ – The Herald
‘… fascinating and at times haunting record of the Allied advance across Europe after D-Day … the story is vividly told through her letters, her articles for British Vogue and nearly 160 powerful, resonant photographs … a moving account of cruelty, suffering and courage that we should never forget’– Black & White Photography

‘From the broken faces of its victims to the moments of frivolous joy found by those even in their darkest moments, this tome is a visual memoir of a cruel moment in time’– Image Ireland
‘Fascinating and informative, and a very good read’– Book Oxygen

It was Lee Miller’s War. Her work for Vogue from 1941–45 sets her apart as a photographer of extraordinary ability, and the quality of her work from the period has long been recognized as outstanding. Its full range is shown here, accompanied by her brilliant despatches which combine deep personal involvement with professional detachment.

Complementing her writing are two hundred remarkable photographs from the Lee Miller Archives. With their surrealist irony, which at times verges on the horrific and at others on the hilarious, they show war-ravaged cities, buildings and landscapes, but above all war-resilient people – soldiers, leaders, medics, evacuees,prisoners of war, the wounded, the villains and the heroes.The horror is relieved by the spirit of post-liberation Paris, where she indulged in frivolous fashions and recorded memorable conversations with Picasso, Cocteau, Eluard, Aragon and Colette.

The book ends with Miller’s first-on-the-scene, sardonic description of Hitler’s abandoned house in Munich, and the looting and burning of his fortress at Berchtesgaden, which marked a symbolic end to the war.

David E. Scherman, the renowned war-photojournalist, shared many of these assignments with her, and has provided a fascinating foreword.