Irving Penn (1917-2009)

One of the 20th century’s truly great artists, Irving Penn, died yesterday. He was 92. His celebrity portraits are the stuff of legend, his work for Vogue reinvented fashion photography and through his lens the ordinary nothings of life became art.

But don’t take my word for it. The following shots speak for themselves:




Pablo Picasso
Pablo Picasso
Truman Capote
Truman Capote
April 1950 Cover, Vogue
April 1950 Cover, Vogue
Two moroccan women
Two moroccan women



Penn’s work is currently the subject of a Getty exhibit called Small Trades, which runs until January 10.  If you live in the Southern California area, you owe yourself a visit.

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Film writer and social media marketing professional. 2019 Social Ambassador for the 10th Annual TCM Classic Film Festival. Previously: social media associate at Warner Archive and script writer for Turner Classic Movies. Working on a Montgomery Clift biography due late 2020.

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