Grim Glory. Pictures of Britain Under Fire. Lee Miller, et. al.

Grim Glory. Pictures of Britain Under Fire

London: Lund Humphries, 1941. First edition. [67] pp. Printed perfect-bound wrappers with dust jacket. Jacket rubbed at top edge with some chipping and creasing, date written on title-page "June 6, 1941" (the first edition was published May 7, 1941 and quickly went into multiple printings). Edited by Ernestine Carter. Preface by Edward R. Murrow.

Antony Penrose wrote of his mother’s book, “By the time the full ferocity of the Blitz began on September 7 1940 Lee Miller, formerly a fashion model turned Surrealist photographer in Paris and collaborator of Man Ray, had been working freelance for Vogue for nearly a year. Her accreditation as a War Correspondent for the US Army was still two years away and she was desperate to find a more meaningful way of contributing to the war effort than photographing fashion. As a civilian, access to the military was denied, but she carried her Rolleiflex camera everywhere and found plenty to satisfy her Surrealist eye in the often bizarre wreckage of the bombing. Her photographs were processed in the Vogue darkroom and perhaps this is how they came to the attention of Vogue’s editors. Paper was rationed and to ensure a regular quota Vogue had to adapt to the needs of the Ministry of Information (MoI). Features reflected the magazine’s role in raising morale by encouraging women to look their most beautiful, but Vogue Editor Audrey Withers wanted greater relevance to the war. The origin of Grim Glory is hard to trace but it is certain the MoI wanted to find ways to show the American public the terrible battering Britain was enduring in the hope of influencing the USA to enter the war. It was Vogue’s Ernestine Carter who became the book’s editor, leading with 22 of Miller’s images. The MoI contributed a further 87 from official photographers and agencies…. As fellow Americans, Murrow and Miller’s communication of Britain’s suffering held a personal passion which no doubt resonated with US readers.” Aside from Wrens in Camera (1945), another book of war photojournalism, one of the only collections of Miller’s photographs to be published in her lifetime. Item #2126

Price: $600.00

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