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His portraits of Lee Miller aren't just of a woman, but of a woman photographer.It was Miller, not he, who – turning on a light in their darkroom before a set of negatives in it had fully developed – discovered the technique called "solarisation" which became Man Ray's trademark.
There is, most famously, Lee Miller the profile (see page 16), shot in 1929, the year when she became the photographer's pupil and lover.(Armed with an introduction from the fashion photographer Edward Steichen, she had turned up, unannounced, at Ray's table at his Paris café, Le Bateau Ivre."I'm leaving for a holiday in Biarritz," the dumbstruck photographer had said. Ray's long-time girlfriend, Kiki de Montparnasse, was quickly disposed of.) Then there is Miller-as-legs, in "Lee Miller's Legs with Circus Performer" (1930), Miller's lips ("Observatory Time"), her back and backside ("La Prière"), and her single, all-seeing eye on the ticking arm of a metronome in "Object of Destruction".After that, he made "Larmes", its features mistakeable for Miller's although they are actually of a shop dummy.The mannequin's tears, like its face, are entirely artificial. Of all the pictures Man Ray took of Miller, only one set gets close to capturing a truth about her, and the images in that series are four-limbed, fully clothed and apple-pie wholesome.Perhaps Ray had heard rumours that Theodore had been Lee's actual childhood abuser, or he may have imagined it for himself.
(No charges were ever brought against the unidentified sailor-rapist.) In terms of age, Ray's own relationship with Lee was also ambiguously paternal: he was 17 years older than her, a pattern that would mark all her relationships with men.
At any rate, Theodore and Ray seem to have gotten along famously.
Together, the two men photographed Lee, nude, lolling on a bed with three other naked women. It is hard not to see all this in psychological terms, if not in moral ones.
The shots Man Ray took of Lee and Theodore Miller, she in a demure print frock and curled, child-like, in her father's lap, are deeply weird.
They seem less of a father and daughter than of an older man and his much younger lover.
He, outraged, slashed the picture's neck and splattered the gash with drops of red ink.