War and Friendship

About this exhibition

With Scherman working for LIFE Magazine and Miller for Vogue their paths continually crossed in Europe after D-day, most notably at the siege of St Malo, the Liberation of Paris and at the link-up of Russian, British and US troops in Torgau. By the time they entered Dachau concentration camp in 1945, recording the horrors before them and later experiencing the luxury of hot water and soap in Hitler’s apartment in Munich, they had become one of the most highly regarded and often envied photo-journalist duos of the war.

David E. Scherman was born in New York, USA on 2 March 1916. Shortly after graduating from Dartmouth College in 1936 Scherman bought a Leica camera, impressed editors of LIFE Magazine with his shots of Manhattan, and was hired as a copy boy. Scherman worked his way up to become the only staff photographer to become an editor and continued with the magazine until it folded in 1972.

In 1973 Scherman edited a hugely successful series of TIME LIFE books including The Best of LIFE. His final writing assignment was the introduction to Lee Miller’s War edited by Antony Penrose.

Scherman survived Miller by twenty years, dying in 1997 at the age of 81. It is with great pride and affection that the Lee Miller Archives have recently been engaged to represent his estate in regards to his private photography.