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I was very impressed with the 2015 exhibition at the IWM (London's War Museum) 'Lee Miller: A Woman's War.' It included some props from war time work.

Hope to catch that documentary somewhere, sometime. I was much surprised to discover (while in England in the 80's) that "baseball boots" are actually... (basketball) sneakers.

Speaking of photographers- where's the love for Larry Fink? The guy sure did know how to illuminate a social interaction or two with a handheld strobe!

Thanks, for pointing me to this very talented photographer, who's work I had not seen before.
I spent some time looking through the photography on the site dedicated to her work.

I would say she was one of the more genuine heartfelt chroniclers of the Thatcherite ( many others must take the blame too.)destruction of Britain's heavy industry. Others became much better known.

Hard hitting social documentary photography, like hers, after its heyday in the eighties, seems to have fallen right out of fashion, to be replaced with the vacuous and harmless conceptual photography, which seems to dominate photography exhibitions now.

Sadly her books all seem to be out of print, or difficult to find used.

I went to the "Man Ray | Lee Miller, Partners in Surrealism" show when it was at The Legion of Honor in San Francisco. The show was amazing and the catalog is very good. Out of print but available here. https://www.abebooks.com/9781858945576/Man-Ray-Lee-Miller-Partners-1858945577/plp

I see that there are two new books published in the last month on Amazon, I think I know what I want for Christmas

Sometimes TOP reminds me of the Italian newspapers: always the same names and the same stories: Koudelka, Cartier-Bresson, Lee Miller... Give us an article a day on some completely un-famous (at least in America) photographer: Berengo Gardin, Mario Dondero, Letizia Battaglia, some Japanese who's NOT Diadio Moriyama... Once Gabriele Basilico collected a few designer chairs, had a model sit on them for a while and then photographed her back! And what about Luigi Ghirri? And Mulas, who photographed Jasper Johns and Calder?

[Well, duly noted, and okay, I take your point. But I don't think I've ever written about either Lee Miller or Tish Murtha before. If I have, I can't find where. Can you show me?

I did write about Luigi Ghirri once, here:

https://theonlinephotographer.typepad.com/the_online_photographer/2008/06/great-photo-boo.html

--Mike]

Mike, don’t take this the wrong way but these comments are priceless. And of course, they wouldn’t have been posted unless you wrote the post. So thank you and the folks who commented. Both make your ‘Blog’ so great!

Despite having a keen interest in UK documentary photographers over the decades and seeing many references to the work of photographers like Daniel Meadows, Chris Killip and Chris Steele-Perkins, I'm surprised and disappointed that I had never heard about Tish Murtha until very recently. A travesty.

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