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Photographer Lee Miller maintained her unwavering focus on the gruesome
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Women with Fire Masks, London

In the accompanying original dispatch for Vogue, the magazine she once posed for and later reported for, Miller writes of "the love of death which is the under-pattern of the German living caught up with the high officials of the regime," text that went unpublished in the magazine. The careful formality of Burgermeister's Daughter's composition brings to mind and counterpoints those of more recently deceased Germans: Gerhard Richter's paintings of the also-suicided members of the Baader-Meinhof gang. Yet, with Burgermeister's Daughter and Untitled, it's hard to imagine another artist so associated with the temporal flash of fashion making images as powerful and as fueled by the death urge.

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