The Hachette Book Group’s Wayne F. Miller 1942-1958 Photographs is the visual chronicle of the evolution of Wayne Forest Miller, a well known self-taught photographer who left art school in 1942 to embrace the full spectrum of experience offered by the Second World War. Performing his duties as a combat photographer at his own, and answerable only to Captain Edward Steichen, United States Navy, he photographed everything of interest that he encountered, from boredom to horror. What set Miller’s work apart from many other war photographers was in part a peculiar empathy, whether creating images of our own soldiers or Japanese survivors of the atomic bomb; in his work he strove to “climb inside those people, and look through their eyes.”
The book takes us to the midpoint of the career of one of the country’s most important visual artists and ends with his tremendously successful series that came to be published as The World is Young. This long overdue volume is an irreplaceable addition to American heritage.