The show unveils a dedicated female photographer's vision of a country 'where civilians and soldiers meet in a sort of no man's land', sheds light on a particularly interesting phase of the war, which bears witness to a time of transition, a phase referred to - even during the First World War - as the'Etape', a period that has not been the subject of much research in Luxembourg's historiography.
curated by Marguy Conzémius and Michèle Walerich
Model, muse, artist inspired by the surrealist movement, fashion photographer and, lastly, war correspondent… Lee Miller assumed numerous guises.
In 1942, Miller no longer wanted to be a passive witness to the historic events that were unfolding during the war and decided to start work as an American war correspondent for the British and American editions of Vogue, without however losing her personal style developed through her contact with the surrealist environment. Vogue never published this kind of pictures because the fashion magazine had become an instrument of propaganda itself and its editors, as well as Lee Miller, had to yield to what was expected of them: publishing convincing images in favour of the war effort and convince British and American women to accept the efforts of the soldiers fighting on the continent.
Miller’s style of photography however remained very personal, less harsher than the one published by other magazines like Life, often with a certain distance from the people she photographed, rarely showing bodies or scenes of war atrocity but images of children and religious undertones. As for her literary style, even after years of experience, writing still did not come to her easily as one notice in her arbitrary punctuation and unconventional spelling.
Such a photographic work of heritage obviously merits special attention in Luxembourg. Because of this, in 2010 the CNA acquired one hundred and one images of the approximately 350 shots taken by Lee Miller in Luxembourg between September and December 1944. Unveiling a dedicated female photographer’s vision of a country “where civilians and soldiers meet in a sort of no man’s land“, sheds light on a particularly interesting phase of this conflict, which bears witness to a time of transition, a phase referred to - even during the First World War - as the”Étape”, a period that has not been the subject of much research in Luxembourg’s historiography.
An Exhibition produced by CNA – Centre National de l’Audiovisuel, Department of Photography
In the framework of the European Month of Photography 2011 in Luxembourg.
Anne-Laure Letellier Tel : +352-52 24 24-282 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jean-Marie Spartz, Tel : +352-52 24 24-224 E-mail: email@example.com
Opening Saturday, 5 March 2011 at 11am
Centre national de l'audiovisuel (CNA)
DISPLAY01, 1b, rue du Centenaire, L-3475 Dudelange, Luxembourg
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 10 pm