Lee Miller, Self-portrait with blindfold (variant), 1932 gelatin silver print, Lee Miller Studios Inc., New York Image: Lee Miller Archives
Would you buy a headband from this woman? Lee Miller took the photo for a fashion article. A pretty woman could sell lots of headbands to avid photo magazine readers. And Lee Miller (1907-1977) was certainly pretty.
Model, photographer, muse and lover of the surrealist Man Ray, lover (perhaps also muse) of many more men than Man, photojournalist, accredited war correspondent for vogue, Lee appears, in profile with blindfold, in two current museum exhibitions: The woman who broke boundaries at the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida, and The new woman behind the camera at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan.
I asked Peter Tush, curator of education at the Dali Museum, what would have happened to Miller if she hadn’t been so beautiful.
“We wouldn’t be having this conversation,” he replied.