Postscript 2005

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Edition 20 + 1 A/P. Durst Lambda Fuji Archival Diasec Print .
Print size 1: 724 x 320mm. Edition 12
Print size 2: 1086 x 480mm. Edition 5
Print size 3: 1720 x 760mm . Edition 3


Title:
Don't make me wait too long

From: Roland Penrose 
[on Townsend Channel ferry]

To: Madame Lee Miller Eloui, 
Windsor Palace Hotel, Alexandria

Postmarked: London 7.45am 
October 7th 1937


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Title:
I love you

From: Lee Miller 
[Hotel Grand-Bretagne, Athens] 

To: Mr Roland Penrose, 
21 Downshire Hill, Hampstead, London

Postmarked: Athens 6.15pm 
May 2nd 1938


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Title:
Missing you

From: Roland Penrose 
[21 Downshire Hill, Hampstead, London] 

To: Madame Lee Miller Eloui, 
Villa Albeit, Sharia Sabri Pacha, Dokki, Giza, Cairo

Postmarked: London 7.30am 
January 10th 1939


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Title:
Mad with Envy

From: Roland Penrose 
[21 Downshire Hill, Hampstead, London] 

To: Madame Lee Miller Eloui, 
Villa Albeit, Sharia Sabri Pacha, Dokki, Giza, Cairo

Postmarked: Cairo 8pm 
April 8th 1938


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Title:
Arriving Southampton

From: Lee Miller 
[Cable & Wireless office, Cairo]

To: Mr Roland Penrose, 
21 Downshire Hill, Hampstead, London

Cablegram dated: Cairo 11.59am 
May 15th 1939


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Title:
Awakening kiss

From: Lee Miller 
[Room 412, Hotel Scribe, Rue Scribe, Paris] 

To: Miss Audrey Withers, Vogue Magazine, 1 New Bond Street, London

Postmarked: Paris 6.15pm October 5th 1944

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Title:
All my love

From: Lee Miller 
[Villa Albeit, Sharia Sabri Pacha, Dokki, Giza, Cairo] 

To: Mr Roland Penrose, 
21 Downshire Hill, Hampstead, London

Postmarked: Cairo 8.30pm 
March 8th 1939


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Title:
Bombs bursting

From: Lee Miller 
[at the siege of St Malo] 

To: Miss Audrey Withers, 
Vogue Magazine, 1 New Bond Street, London 

Rolleiflex captions dated: August 1944


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Title:
Goodnight sweetheart

From: Lee Miller 
[Hotel Grand-Bretagne, Athens] 

To: Mr Roland Penrose, 
21 Downshire Hill, Hampstead, London

Hand delivered: July 1st 1938


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Title:
Tender Embraces

From: Lee Miller 
[21 Downshire Hill, Hampstead, London] 

To: Captain Roland Penrose, 
c/o Major Battery G.CAM ACMF

Postmarked: London 6.15pm 
March 20th 1944


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Title:
Go Germanywards

From: Lee Miller 
[Room 412, Hotel Scribe, Rue Scribe, Paris] 

To: Captain Roland Penrose, 
12 Theatre Street, Norwich

Cablegram dated: March 16th 1945


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Title:
Going Pariswards

From: Lee Miller 
[Room 412, Hotel Scribe, Rue Scribe, Paris]

To: Captain Roland Penrose, 
12 Theatre Street, Norwich

Cablegram dated: June 22nd 1945


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Title:
Ace of Diamonds

Hampstead Registry Office, London
Mrs Lee Penrose
3rd May 1947

[Notebook courtesy of the Lee Miller Archive]


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STATEMENT

In 2003 Bailey won one of the inaugural Jerwood Photography Awards for 2 Willow Road, a photographic essay on the library of modernist architect Ernö Goldfinger. With Postscript, she addresses the written correspondence from 1937 of model/ muse/photographer/war correspondent Lee Miller (1907-1977) mostly with artist/writer and ultimately husband Roland Penrose (1900-1984), but also with her wartime employer, Audrey Withers, editor of Vogue. Bailey was granted full access by the Lee Miller Archive at Farley Farm in East Sussex and the resulting work largely concerns itself with letters written during World War II, by the end of which she was a photographer accredited to the US Army. During the year after D-Day she witnessed the siege of St Malo, the Liberation of Paris, the fighting in Luxembourg and Alsace, the Russian/ American link up at Torgau and the liberation of Buchenwald and Dachau.

Although Postscript echoes themes addressed in 2 Willow Road, for Bailey, and hence ultimately the viewer, the involvement is more personal than that series. Much of this correspondence has the residual echoes of a passionately charged relationship and while we are never privy to the content, Bailey’s titles, drawn from the texts, and the form of the work itself leave one in little doubt as to its power despite Miller’s apparent unwillingness in this period to stand still and immerse herself in it, even after hostilities ended – they only married in 1947.

The images illuminate this through the visual evidence of the letters/telegrams themselves, the privacy of the lovers often protected by the original envelopes, yet their intimacy somehow emphasized. Shirking a conventional narrative, Bailey has again formulated a visually arresting and meditative body of work from simple and spare resources usually regarded as the rather arid fiefdom of the professional biographer.

PRINT INFORMATION

Edition 20 + 1 A/P. Durst Lambda Fuji Archival Diasec Print.
Print size 1: 724 x 320mm. Edition 12
Print size 2: 1086 x 480mm. Edition 5
Print size 3: 1720 x 760mm . Edition 3

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All artwork and images © Veronica Bailey 2016.