HELEN DAVIS FEATURED BOOK: THE WOMAN IN THE PHOTOGRAPH

MAN RAY

 

Lee Miller is The Woman in the Photograph by Dana Gynther.  This is a fictionalized account of the time Lee spent in Paris with Man Ray.  First she was his student, then his assistant, and then his partner.  Man Ray was an American who had lived in Paris for over a decade and had established a career as a creator of lovely conventional photographs, but also created avant-garde artworks.  Lee comes from a wealthy New Jersey family and has done some modeling for Vogue and other prestigious publication.  What she wants from Paris is excitement, challenge and change.  The novel is about both the glamour and the squalor of Paris in the twenties.  Lee Miller is a very attractive woman.  Her beauty gives her a certain passport to the rich and famous and the about to be famous.  The author researched both Lee and the era well so she was able to create a realistic picture of those Lee was associated with, including Picasso, Dali, Man Ray, and Cocteau.  The book is a dip into a time when the art world was very experimental and sometimes decadent.  Take a look at Man Ray’s photographs on the internet.

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