The urgency and intimacy of the writers is palpable in this collection of letters between the photographer Lee Miller and the surrealist artist Roland Penrose, as they embark on a long-distance romance. It begins with their meeting in Paris in 1937 and ends in 1939, when Lee Miller left Cairo and her Egyptian husband Aziz Eloui Bey and joined Roland in London, just before the start of the Second World War.
In this real-life romantic drama, Lee and Roland’s letters provide us with a supporting cast of some of the greatest names in 20th century art, including Dora Maar and Picasso, Nusch and Paul Eluard, Leonora Carrington and Max Ernst, and Ady Fidelin and Man Ray.
Through nearly three hundred pages of love letters discover how a deepening relationship produced some of the world’s best love art and photography. These never-before-published letters have been read by only a handful of people since they were first written.
The books contains essays from scholars to contextualize the era, plus black & white and colour photography from the period by both Lee Miller and Roland Penrose, much of which has never been published before.
ISBN: 9781914298059 EnglishBuy Now
LMA Publishing makes books inspired by the wealth of material held in the Lee Miller Archives and the Collection held at Farleys, home of Lee Miller and Roland Penrose.
The Lee Miller Archives began its publishing arm gently by updating and reprinting The Home of the Surrealists by Antony Penrose in 2016, formerly published by Francis Lincoln. Partnering with the Norwegian publishers Grapfrukt Forlag for the following years’ publication was more ambitious, and realised Lee Miller’s dream of publishing her own cookbook. The multi-award winning publication Lee Miller: A Life with Food Friends and Recipes by Ami Bouhassane is now in its 3rd edition.
Discovering a thirst for more material based on Lee Miller’s photography, in 2019 LMA Publishing started a collectable series of full-page photograph-led publications that highlight sections of Lee Miller’s work, such as Surrealist Lee Miller by Antony Penrose and Grim Glory: Lee Miller’s Britain at War by Ami Bouhassane (2020).
LMA Publishing aims to continue to create the most interesting and attractive books possible. As well as publishing new material, LMA Publishing strives to keep important publications that relate to Lee Miller and Roland Penrose available and accessible. In 2020 we reissued Roland Penrose’s biography, The Friendly Surrealist with an additional 45 works by the artist added, and in 2021 facsimile copies of his Surrealist photo book The Road is Wider Than Long originally published in 1938 and its maquette were added to the LMA Publishing catalogue. 2023 saw the publication of the acclaimed collection of Lee Miller and Roland Penrose’s love letters, Love Letters Bound in Gold Handcuffs.
Containing more than a hundred recipes, this cookbook also explores Lee Miller’s life through the influence of food and how it ascends to becoming the creative vehicle that she eventually swaps her camera for and uses to build bridges, heal old wounds, and to empower other women. Much has been written about the varied forms of her creativity but Lee Miller’s achievement as a gourmet chef is usually left to being an endnote. Her granddaughter Ami Bouhassane sees this part of her life as Miller’s longest battle and most extraordinary personal accomplishment in every sense.Buy now
Beautifully written, and completely re-photographed to include newly restored rooms as well as additional images by Lee Miller and Roland Penrose, the long awaited book on Farley Farm House, ‘The Home of the Surrealists’ gives a brilliant insight into life at the Sussex farmhouse which became an artistic haven for the most important creatives of the Twentieth Century.
ISBN: 9780953238910 EnglishBuy now
A Surrealist before she even knew of the movement, Lee Miller was one of the most original photographic artists of the twentieth century. The Surrealist eye informed everything Miller did, and her work presents the world in a way that encourages us to view it in a different manner. Written and collected by her son Antony, Surrealist Lee Miller amasses more than one hundred full-page images from throughout the artist’s life as an attestation to her wonderful way of seeing.
ISBN: 9780 953 23 8934 English
ISBN 9780 953 23 8941 Italian
Arriving in Britain just as war was declared Lee Miller, an American with no permit to work, used her camera as her principle means of combat during WW2. Before Lee left Britain to report in Europe she covered the Blitz, civilians braving the destruction around them and their contributions to the war effort as well as wartime fashion, camouflage and women in the armed forces on the home front.
ISBN: 9780 953 23 8965 English
In this moving, revealing and highly readable memoir, Antony Penrose has composed a fitting tribute to his father, which also faces up to some of the more controversial aspects of Roland Penrose’s life. Antony Penrose is the son of Lee Miller and Roland Penrose and cofounder of the Lee Miller Archives. He is the author of the biography The Lives of Lee Miller and editor of Lee Miller’s War.
ISBN: 9780 953 23 89-5 English
A beautiful coffee-table book looking at Lee Miller’s extraordinary contributions to the pages of Vogue before becoming a war correspondent. Many of the images have not been seen since they were taken in the 1940’s. Includes essays but Robin Muir, writer, curator and former picture editor at British Vogue, and Amber Butchart, fashion historian and author who specializes in the historical intersections between dress, politics, and culture.
ISBN: 9780 9532389 8 9 English
Special facsimile copy of the typeset version of the Surrealist photo-book, ‘The Road is Wider than Long’ by Roland Penrose. Written as a surrealist love poem, the book takes it’s inspiration from the Lee Miller and Roland Penrose’s 1938 journey through the Balkans.
This edition is a replica of the first edition produced by Roland in 1939 using different fonts, and embellished with imaginative illustrations created especially for Lee Miller.Buy Now
A facsimile of the the handwritten version of Roland Penrose’s ‘The Road is Wider than Long’ Surrealist photobook.
In 1938, as Europe prepared for war, Roland Penrose and Lee Miller made a journey together through the Balkans. On his return to England Roland produced a handmade photobook containing a Surrealist love poem drawn from his memories and pictures from their travels.The following year he would create and print a typeset version based on this book which has today an important place in the history of Surrealist photobooks.Buy Now
A set of both versions of ‘The Road is Wider than Long’, the first British Surrealist photobook. Includes the facsimile of the hand-written version and the typeset version first published in 1939.
In 1938, as Europe prepared for war, Roland Penrose and Lee Miller made a journey together through the Balkans. On his return to England Roland produced a handmade photobook containing a Surrealist love poem drawn from his memories and pictures from their travels, before creating a printed typeset version.Buy Now
This special edition is limited to only 20 copies. The hardback book comes in a handmade case with the books title embossed on the front and spine in gold. Enclosed in the special edition is also a limited edition c-type print (with special limted edition Lee Miller Archives stamp on the reverse) and 3 facsimile copies of original letters that are published as transcriptions in the book. Each book is also printed with edition reference in colophon.In the pre-digital age, before email and cell phones, letters carried an importance that few who were not part of those times will understand. The words on the pages of a love letter carry the nuances and emotions of love and desire, passion and anger in a deeply confidential way.Buy Now
A facsimile of the practical manual, discussing the necessity for camouflage. Originally published in 1941 and “Officially approved by the War Office.”
In 1941, Penrose became a gamechanger when The War Office published the Home Guard Manual of Camouflage. In its pages, Penrose showed how to accomplish seemingly impossible visual deceptions: While Penrose, a keen naturalist, drew on influences in the natural world, his Surrealist passion for mimicry is apparent throughout the book. Patterns, textures, shading: all these artistic devices now took on serious military currency.Buy Now
Lee Miller: Fashion in Wartime Britain: 'This gorgeous book brings together 130 images by Lee Miller, offering an in-depth look at how her photography developed during the Second World War – and how she influenced Vogue.'
Much Ado Books
'Most of us have played a version of that parlour game that involves devising a fanciful dinner party peopled by the illustrious dead. But no one ever questions who would do the cooking. At my own fantasy feast, it would certainly be Lee Miller.'
Apollo. International Art Magazine
More than a book of recipes, this cookbook explores Lee Miller’s life through the influence of food and how it ascends to becoming the creative vehicle that she eventually swaps her camera for and uses to build bridges, heal old wounds, and to empower other women. Illustrated by Lee Miller’s photography the book also features 95 of her recipes re-created and material from the cookbook Lee Miller was secretly hoping to publish at the end of her life that would have been called the – Entertaining Freezer
ISBN: 9781 9142 980 28 English
A facsimile of the practical manual, discussing the necessity for camouflage; nature as a guide for camouflage; the importance of background, texture, colour, shadows and more. “Officially approved by the War Office.” Sir Roland Penrose CBE (14 October 1900 – 23 April 1984) was an English artist, historian and poet. He was a major promoter and collector of modern art and an associate of the key Surrealists in Europe. During the Second World War he put his artistic skills to practical use as a teacher of camouflage. He was Lecturer to the War Office School for Instructors to the Home Guard and also a Lecturer at the Osterley Park School for Training of the Home Guard
ISBN: 9780 953 23 8972 English
Painter Roland Penrose & Photographer Lee Miller’s move to Farleys was not to settle down but to create, entertain & inspire. Their son Antony Penrose recalls 1950s with a fascinating insight into his parent’s lives transforming Farleys from traditional farmhouse to a hub of art with unexpected decoration & surreal living.
ISBN: 9781 9142 980 11 English