Lee Miller Exhibition

Lee Miller Photos of Dublin

In this exhibition we see the iconoclastic American photographer Lee Miller traverse a desolate, post-War Dublin in 1946, capturing streets and buildings that were connected to Joyce’s life and work. This exhibition contains 60 previously unseen images that were to form part of Miller’s assignment for Vogue that would be published the following year. These images include some important Joycean locations that were thought never to have been photographed, such as the family’s first Northside address on Hardwicke Street as well as detailed interior portraits of Barney Kiernan’s pub, setting for the Cyclops episode in Ulysses.

Following a list given to her by Constantine Curran, the author of the accompanying article as well as a close friend and confidante of Joyce’s. Miller photographed numerous places and people, many but not all, with a Joycean connection. The pictures provide a remarkable record, not just of Joyce’s home town, but of a Dublin that was soon to begin changing rapidly, featuring many well-known landmarks.

Guinness Barges on the Liffey - Lee Miller
Guinness Barges on the Liffey

About Lee Miller:

American photographer, Lee Miller, began her career as a fashion model in New York City in the 1920’s and became a freelance photographer for Condé Nast. Later, she travelled to Paris where she assisted and collaborated with artist Man Ray while establishing her own practice as a fashion and fine art photographer. After spending time in Egypt in the 1930’s, Lee found herself in England when the Second World War broke out and soon became one of a handful of female war correspondents. Miller photographed for Vogue Magazine, embarking on a career that would span from 1939 – 1953. Working for Vogue in the 1940’s she covered the London Blitz, and later the battle of Saint Malo, the liberation of Paris and the concentration camps, Buchenwald and Dachau.

The exhibition, which is curated by Peggy Sue Amison with Terence Killeen and Mark Traynor, is being organised by the James Joyce Centre, Dublin in partnership with Antony Penrose, Lee’s son, and the Lee Miller Archives with the generous support of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and Dublin City Council.