Author: Whitney Scharer
Facilitator: Mary Calhoun
The Age of Light tells the story of Vogue model turned renowned photographer Lee Miller, and her search to forge a new identity as an artist after a life spent as a muse.
She went to Paris to start over, to make art instead of being made into it. “I’d rather take a photograph than be one,” Lee Miller declares after she arrives in Paris in 1929, where she soon catches the eye of the famous Surrealist Man Ray. Though he wants to use her only as a model, Lee convinces him to take her on as his assistant and teach her everything he knows. But Man Ray turns out to be an egotistical, charismatic force, and as they work together in the darkroom, their personal and professional lives become intimately entwined, changing the course of Lee’s life forever. Lee’s journey takes us from the cabarets of bohemian Paris to the battlefields of war-torn Europe during WWII, from discovering radical new photography techniques to documenting the liberation of the concentration camps as one of the first female war correspondents. Through it all, Lee must grapple with the question of whether it’s possible to reconcile romantic desire with artistic ambition — and what she will have to sacrifice to do so.
About the Facilitator
Mary Calhoun is an avid reader. She spent 46 years teaching, 23 years at Palm Beach Day Academy, having retired in 2011. Since then, Mary has tutored students and does her best to indulge in endless reading.
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