Dali Museum celebrates boundary-breaking photographer Lee Miller

Self portrait (variant on Lee Miller par Lee Miller), Paris, France c1930 by Lee Miller. © Lee Miller Archives England 2020. All Rights Reserved. www.leemiller.co.uk

Self portrait (variant on Lee Miller par Lee Miller), Paris, France, circa 1930 by Lee Miller. © Lee Miller Archives England 2020. All Rights Reserved. www.leemiller.co.uk

ST.PETERSBURG, Fla. – Although her first work was as a model, Lee Miller (1907-1977) – the trusted confidante of many influential artists and an eyewitness to some of the most extraordinary moments of the 20th century – made lasting contributions as a photographer. Sweeping in scope and intimate in focus, The Woman Who Broke Boundaries: Photographer Lee Miller surveys her fascinating personal life and remarkably incisive portraiture and photojournalism. The exhibition is organized by The Dali Museum and will feature more than 130 images from Miller’s prolific body of work. The exhibition will be on view exclusively at The Dali Museum July 3 through January 2, 2022.

The exhibition concentrates on Miller’s portraits of important writers and artists, the majority associated with the Surrealist movement in Paris, and with whom she had sustained personal relationships. Also featured is a small selection of striking self-portraits, images captured during the liberation of Paris and Germany at the end of the Second World War, and photos representative of technical advancements in the medium she chose to express herself and capture the times.

Salvador Dali and Gala, c1930 by Lee Miller (no number) © Lee Miller Archives England 2021. All Rights Reserved. www.leemiller.co.uk

Photograph of Salvador Dali and Gala, taken circa 1930 by Lee Miller (no number) © Lee Miller Archives England 2021. All Rights Reserved. www.leemiller.co.uk

The Woman Who Broke Boundaries: Photographer Lee Miller is curated by Dr. William Jeffett, chief curator of exhibitions at The Dali Museum. The photographs are on loan from the Lee Miller Archives in Sussex, England. www.leemiller.co.uk.

Picasso and Lee Miller in his studio, Liberation of Paris, Rue des Grands-Augustins, Paris, France 1944 by Lee Miller (NC0002 1) © Lee Miller Archives England 2020. All Rights Reserved. www.leemiller.co.uk

Picasso and Lee Miller in his studio, Liberation of Paris, Rue des Grands-Augustins, Paris, France 1944 by Lee Miller (NC0002 1) © Lee Miller Archives England 2020. All Rights Reserved. www.leemiller.co.uk

“Equally unconventional and ambitious, Lee Miller continually reinvented herself, much like the artists she lived among and photographed,” said Dr. Hank Hine, executive director of The Dali. “With a wry Surrealist quality, her work intimately captured a range of people and historical moments; however, the passion, intensity, and restlessness of the woman behind the camera tells the most extraordinary stories. We hope visitors embrace her trailblazing creativity and are inspired to examine their own boundaries.”

Leonora Carrington and Max Ernst, St. Martin d'Ardeche, France 1939 by Lee Miller (A0201) © Lee Miller Archives England 2020. All Rights Reserved. www.leemiller.co.uk

Leonora Carrington and Max Ernst, St. Martin d’Ardeche, France 1939 by Lee Miller (A0201) © Lee Miller Archives England 2020. All Rights Reserved. www.leemiller.co.uk

“The breadth of photographs featured is an expression of Miller’s desire to open avenues of professional engagement and personal choice that were closed to women in her time,” added Jeffett. “She is truly one of the most fascinating figures of the 20th century.”

This special exhibit is generously supported by BNO Creative Labs, St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport (PIE), John and Mary Stachnik, Sandy Taraszki and David Zuern.

See the website for The Dali Museum and see its dedicated page for The Woman Who Broke Boundaries: Photographer Lee Miller.