Jacob Charles Wilson

The presence and absence of Lee Miller for Tank Magazine


I travelled up to the Hepworth, Wakefield to see their exhibition on the photographer Lee Miller and to talk her son Anthony Penrose about her contributions to British Surrealism. Miller was long written out of the official Surrealist history, as nearly all the women artists, models, muses, and partners were. Yet she was an accomplished fashion and features photographer, capable of shooting swimwear as well as bombed out houses, often incorporating the imagery of the ruinous Second World War into her civilian consignments.

as the British Surrealist Julian Trevelyan recalled in his autobiography, “Life had caught up with Surrealism or Surrealism with life, and for a giddy moment we in England lived the irrational movement to its death”

The presence and absence of Lee Miller is published by Tank Magazine.