Tuesday, September 8, 2015

More than the Woman in the Photograph

The Woman in the Photograph by Dana Gynther
Gallery Books
August 2015
320 pages
The Woman in the Photograph is a fictionalized account of the life of Lee Miller - famed model who become a photographer in her own right.  Captivated by a photograph, she hunts down the photographer Man Ray for an apprenticeship.  Her beauty, wit, and fledgling knowledge of photography get her not only the apprenticeship but Ray's  romantic interest.
As she develops her skills and even sparks a new technique, Lee realizes that most people only see her as Man Ray's lover -- calling her his assistant when they are being polite. On top of that, Man takes credit for some of her photos and accuses her own feelings ungrateful for all the mentoring and jobs he gave her.  While her resentment increases, Lee starts looking for additional ways to get develop her own career.
Branching out on her own causes distress in her already troubled relationship with Man Ray.  He feels she should be appreciative of being part of the "Man Ray school' and attempts to stifle any outlets he cannot control. He is jealous of her newfound professional and personal contacts and become increasingly troublesome
Plagued with doubt regarding her solo career and her life with Man, Lee finally decides to branch out in both her career and her relationship. Leaving Man's shadow by shooting fashion collections and finally war reporting during World War II leads even Lee to see herself as more than the woman in the photograph.
It was a quick easy read.  Dana Gynther was able to create a fluid novel based that brought all the characters to life.  

**This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.  **