Misia-O’: The Spirit of Lee Miller

Misia-O’ “The Spirit of Lee Miller”
4th to 31st July, 2022
Belle Beau Gallery
14 rue de Grille
13200 Arles, France

Photographer Misia-O’ will unveil 4 big format pictures inspired by Lee Miller in Arles in an exhibition titled ‘The Spirit of Lee Miller’, which will also feature a bespoke fragrance impressed by the explosive magnificence of Miller, a minimal edition artwork e book and an NFT. At ‘The Spirit of Lee Miller’ vernissage at Belle Beau Gallery on Wednesday 6th of July, there will be an ‘In Conversation’ between Misia-O’ and Ami Bouhassane, Lee Miller’s granddaughter and Co-director of Farleys House & Gallery Ltd, the corporation that manages the Lee Miller Archives.

Éclosion The spirit of Lee Miller exhibition by Misia O’ ©2022

‘The Spirit of Lee Miller’ by Misia-O’ is a new exhibition that includes a capsule portrait
photography sequence. ‘The Spirit of Lee Miller’ photography exhibition is the initial of a collection focused to female artists eclipsed by their titles of Muses. ‘The Spirit’ of Lee Miller’ is the 6th consecutive exhibition of Misia-O’ throughout Les Rencontres d’Arles, subsequent ‘Different Shades of Black’ in 2019, ‘Different Shades of White’ in 2021, and ‘Different Shades of Yellow’ in 2020, for which Misia-O’ was awarded the prestigious ‘Prix du Jury’ by le Salon des Beaux Arts.

Misia-O' The muse of a poet exhibition
The muse of a poet exhibition by Misia O’ ©2022

Soon after getting found by Conde Nast in New York in the 1920’s. Lee Miller turned a
favourite Vogue product, and later on on a design for renowned photographers and artists these types of as Steichen, Cocteau, Picasso, and Guy Ray. She went behind the digital camera, opened her very first portrait studio in Paris 1930 and turned a portrait, advertising and manner photographer for Vogue and other magazines (which includes Vainness Honest, Lilliput, Photograph Publish and Everyday living), in the course of the 30s and 40s.

In the 1929 Miller moved to Paris where she fulfilled Surrealist Person Ray, she swiftly grew to become his university student, lover and collaborator right before opening her very own studio in the metropolis. Miller identified the solarisation method by incident and made it even more with Man Ray. Miller’s elegance and associations with effectively-acknowledged artists and perceived part as ‘muse’ usually overshadowed her amazing achievements as a surrealist, portrait and manner photographer and war correspondent with US forces all through Environment War II.

Misia O - The spirit of Lee Miller exhibition
The Spirit of Lee Miller Éclosion ©2022

Miller was one of a handful of feminine war correspondents with the Allied troops, and thought to be the only a person that was hooked up to the US Military that coated fight. For some of her war reportage she teamed up with Life Magazine photographer David E Scherman. Miller was residing in Hitler’s non-public condominium in Munich when his demise was announced. There she took the iconic self-portrait in Hitler’s bath. On the flooring by the tub stand Miller’s boots, covered with the filth of Dachau jail camp which she experienced appear from that morning. In the afterwards element of her everyday living, Miller turned to surrealist cooking in her residence, Farleys, England, exactly where the Lee Miller Archives are held and managed by her son Antony Penrose and granddaughter Ami Bouhassane.

The Spirit of Lee Miller is a tribute to her free of charge spirited “essence”, her images talent and her interior and outer elegance. At the centre of ‘The Spirit of Lee Miller’ exhibition in Arles will be four massive-format confined edition prints motivated by Lee Miller and titled ‘Becoming Lee’, ‘The spirit of’, ‘Éclosion’ and ‘The Muse of a Poet’. Misia-O’s shoots on each analogue (Hasselblad) and digital (Fuji XT2), and ‘The Spirit of Lee Miller’ features equally. Misia-O’ processes and prints her analogue images. All pics have been taken in her photography studio in London.

The exhibition will choose position from 4th to 31st July at Belle Beau Gallery, an art and images gallery found in a 17th century Hôtel Particulier in the heart of Arles, for the duration of the pageant of Les Rencontres d’Arles. Ami Bouhassane, Lee Miller’s granddaughter, and Co-director of Lee Miller Archives will talk with Misia-O’ about Misia-O’s do the job, as effectively as her grandmother’s intrepid lifetime and occupation as a photographer, for the duration of an invitation only vernissage on Wednesday 6th of July at Belle Beau Gallery.

Misia O' - Becoming Lee The spirit of Lee Miller exhibition
Becoming Lee The spirit of Lee Miller exhibition by Misia O’ ©2022

Misia-O’ states: “I discovered the is effective of Lee Miller aged 11. My Mom experienced purchased me
a Surrealist ebook that includes solarised portraits that seemed magical to me, and I discovered Lee’s “Fire Masks” intriguing. This led me to find out Surrealism and my adore for pictures and of the 1930’s. Also, and as importantly, I admire Lee’s talent and I can relate to her totally free spirit and photographic style. Bypassing her elegance, which for a while turned her into the Muse of well known male artists, she went powering the digicam, and grew to become an unbiased and proficient photographer. As a woman war photographer, her courage and humanity all through the war was remarkable. If
just about anything, Lee Miller proves that mind, magnificence and talent are completely doable as she
managed this in the 30’s and 40’s, an period known for not giving female artists the credit rating they deserved. Her legacy is deeply inspiring, and it is an honour to pay out tribute to her.”

Misia-O’ is not only an attained photographer, and MA pupil at the prestigious Royal School of Artwork, is also an Artisan Parfumer whose distinctive scented creations encapsulate the essence of her pictures topic. For her ‘The Spirit of Lee Miller’ exhibition in Arles, Misia-O’ has designed a fragrance as a tribute to Miller’s free of charge, spirited soul and her expertise as a exclusive and floor-breaking photographer.

The scent, like Lee Miller, celebrates her hypnotic, sensual, unbiased and even rebellious mother nature with advanced notes revealing her refreshing and intoxicating ‘garçonne’ mother nature. To accompany the exhibition, Misia-O’ has also produced a specific collector’s limited edition of handmade ‘The Spirit of Lee Miller’ artwork images guides, containing a curated assortment of Misia-O’s illustrations or photos and poems, which are influenced by Lee’s career as a product, a muse and independent photographer.

Misia’O’s exhibition ‘The Spirit of Lee Miller’ coincides serendipitously with a major retrospective at l’Espace Van Gogh in Arles throughout Les Rencontres d’Arles: ‘Lee Miller: Experienced Photographer’ (1932-1945) which will focus on the most prolific intervals of Miller’s existence, showcasing her manner & advertising images and portraits, as properly as her more gritty photojournalism, like potent pictures captured in Dachau and Buchenwald all through Earth War II.

©2022 Misia-O, Belle Beau Gallery

Alice G. Collins

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