Author(s): Prodger Phillip
Bringing together unique and rarely seen photographs, paintings, sculpture and drawings, this exquisite book tells the story of the tumultuous relationship between the artists Man Ray (1890 - 1976) and Lee Miller (1907 - 1977). From 1929 to 1932, the two lived together in Paris, first as teacher and student, and later as lovers. Historically, Miller has been described as Man Ray's muse, but Partners in Surrealism reveals how their brief, mercurial love affair was a key source of mutual and sustained inspiration, resulting in some of the most powerful work of each artist's career. Featuring a candid and poignant contribution from Antony Penrose, the son of Miller and the English painter Roland Penrose, on the relationship between Man Ray and his parents in later years, this is an extraordinary exploration of the love, lust and desire that drove the art of the Surrealists.
A brilliant exploration of how two individuals, through mutual inspiration, helped shift the parameters of modern art and photography. - AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHER Man Ray | Lee Miller: Partners in Surrealism... is a beautiful coffee table book... But it is also a look into a very interesting, and mostly unknown, artistic collaboration - SEATTLE POST INTELLIGENCER Man Ray/Lee Miller: Partners in Surrealism - shows the fruits of their brilliant and tempestuous five-year affair. - WALL STREET JOURNAL Prodger and Roscoe Hartington's book is as much a lavish feast of influential early 20th century artwork as it is an enthralling look at the relationship and story behind the works - BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY MAGAZINE A handsome, large-format, coffee-table book with a useful text that increases our appreciation for both artists and the way they affected each other - The text is excellent, providing an understanding of some unforgettable images. The artwork is not only surprising and lovely in itself, but here serves as illustration to a love affair and a lifelong collaboration. - THE DISPATCH NEWSPAPER
Lynda Roscoe Hartigan is Chief Curator at the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts. Antony Penrose is Director of the Lee Miller Archives and the Penrose Collection. Phillip Prodger is Curator of Photography at the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts.