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Dan Gainor: Media’s Russia obsession returns – enables anti-Trump journalists to boost establishment Dems

Added: 22.02.2020 21:17 | 30 views | 0 comments

The Democratic presidential candidate debate in Las Vegas Wednesday night was so bad that the media returned to a reliable script – Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election.

Tim Graham: White House correspondents get ready to host another Republican-bashing dinner

Added: 22.02.2020 13:00 | 13 views | 0 comments

Washington journalists are rejoicing that celebrity glitz and glamour are returning with their self-celebrating soiree, the White House correspondents' dinner.

Lee Miller: The Inspiration Behind Jessica May

Added: 21.02.2020 23:32 | 3 views | 0 comments


As I mention in the Author’s Note at the back of The Paris Orphan, I first heard of Lee Miller when I was researching my previous book, . There was a throwaway line in an article that mentioned Miller and other female war correspondents who, after World War II had ended, had not been able to continue working as serious journalists because the men had returned from overseas and taken all of the available jobs.

It caught my attention. What would it have been like to report on a war and then come home to America and be assigned completely different work? After the war, Lee Miller was relegated to photographing fashion or celebrities during the winter season at Saint-Moritz. She was also an occasional contributor of recipes for Vogue.

That article was the start of my fascination with her. I went looking for more. And I found a story so incredible I couldn’t help but be inspired by it.

Miller the Photojournalist

Miller was a photojournalist for Vogue during World War II. She took some extraordinary photographs: she stumbled upon the battle for Saint-Malo in France and photographed the U.S. Army’s first use of napalm there. She reported from Paris, Luxembourg, Alsace, Colmar, Aachen, Cologne, Frankfurt and Torgau, among other places. She was one of the first to document the horrors of the Dachau concentration camp. And she was the subject of an iconic photograph, bathing in Hitler’s bathtub in his Munich apartment, having left her filthy boots to drop the dirt of Dachau, as she put it, all over the Fuhrer’s pristine white bathroom.

Miller the Model

But Lee Miller started on the other side of the lens. She was discovered by Condé Nast on the streets of Manhattan and became a famous model for magazines like Vogue during the 1920s. I decided to use this as the starting point for my character, Jessica May, as I was fascinated by that transition. How did a woman who was so obviously beautiful manage in the male and often chauvinistic environment of an army during a war?

Just as Condé Nast discovers Lee Miller, he also discovers Jess in The Paris Orphan and Jess is one of his favorite models, as Miller was. However, to suit my story better, I moved time forward to begin Jess’s modeling career in the early 1940s.

Miller’s modeling career ended when a photograph of her was used by Kotex in an advertisement for sanitary pads. It’s so hard to imagine that this could end a career, but it did. To be seen as the “Kotex Girl” was a stigma so dreadful that no magazine wanted to use pictures of Miller again. So Miller moved to France, where she became Man Ray’s lover. He helped her develop her photography skills and she became a well-regarded surrealist photographer.

I used these elements when creating Jess’s character too. Jess has to stop modeling after a photograph of her is used by Kotex, Jess has a French photographer as a lover, and solarization is a trademark of her work, as it was Miller’s.

The Intersection of Fiction and Reality

Miller actually reported for British Vogue during the war, although many of her pieces appeared in American Vogue too. For ease of the story, I have Jess working for American Vogue in The Paris Orphan.

Jess follows in Miller’s footsteps in The Paris Orphan, working out of a field hospital when she first arrives in France after D-Day. I have given the room used by Lee Miller at the Hotel Scribe in Paris to Jess, complete with a balcony piled high with fuel cans and an acquaintance with Picasso. Miller is called la femme soldatby the joyful Parisians after the city is liberated, as is Jess. Miller stays at Hitler’s apartment in Munich and is photographed in Hitler’s bath, as is Jess in The Paris Orphan.

After the War

One of the most heartbreaking parts of Miller’s story is what happened to her after the war. She suffered from post-traumatic stress after viewing and recording so many horrors, and she tried to forget that she was ever a witness to war and all its atrocities. So effective was she at excising this from her past that, when she died at age seventy, her son, Roland Penrose, had no idea of what she had done during the war. Her work was largely forgotten.

One day, Penrose’s wife found boxes of photographs and films in the attic at Farley Farm, Miller’s home. They contained Miller’s correspondence with her Vogue editor and wartime paraphernalia. Penrose immediately understood that he had made an incredible discovery, that his mother had been a true artist, and that her words and pictures had—once upon a time, until she let the world forget them—meant something.

He resurrected Lee Miller and her work. She is now widely regarded as one of the world’s preeminent war correspondents and photographers. The idea that she had been all but forgotten haunted me, and this inspired the scenes set in contemporary times in The Paris Orphan, when D’Arcy Hallworth finds an attic full of photographs and an extraordinary legacy that should never have been lost to the past.

Australia's bushfires impact a 60 Minutes team

Added: 21.02.2020 20:56 | 3 views | 0 comments

Journalists at 60 Minutes are accustomed to covering news around the world, but a recent report hit close to home for one team.

From: feeds.cbsnews.com

Iran State Media Claim Large Tournout in Parliamentary Election

Added: 21.02.2020 18:49 | 26 views | 0 comments

Iranian government media are claiming a large turnout in the country's nationwide parliamentary elections Friday, despite numerous video reports by citizen journalists on social media showing that polling stations were largely empty. Iranian state TV showed a large crowd of voters Friday at one Tehran polling station, moments after polls...

The Kashmir journalist forced into manual labour

Added: 21.02.2020 5:19 | 1 views | 0 comments

Journalists in Kashmir have been struggling in the wake of a crippling communications blockade.

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Ex-DIA employee pleads guilty to leaking top-secret info to reporters

Added: 21.02.2020 0:40 | 3 views | 0 comments

A former employee of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to leaking classified intelligence information to two journalists.

From: feeds.foxnews.com

U.S. counterterrorism analyst pleads guilty to media leaks

Added: 20.02.2020 23:20 | 13 views | 0 comments

A U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency counterterrorism analyst pleaded guilty on Thursday to charges he leaked classified materials about a foreign country's weapons system to two journalists in 2018 and 2019, the U.S. Justice Department said.

From: feeds.reuters.com

China warns of further action after revoking WSJ journalists' credentials

Added: 20.02.2020 8:13 | 13 views | 0 comments

China warned on Thursday that it might take more action against the Wall Street Journal, a day after revoking the press credentials of three of the U.S. newspaper's correspondents over a column that China said was racist.

From: feeds.reuters.com

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