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Irving Penn


1917 - 2009 Plainfield, New Jersey, USA

Irving Penn was an American photographer known for both his commercial and fine art images. In dramatic black and white, he captured portraits, still lifes, and nudes with a high degree of technical precision and compositional balance. He was known for finding beauty outside of the fashion industry’s standards throughout his career—regularly photographing street debris, animal skulls, and aging artists in addition to his better-known images of celebrities and icons. -

Penn died in 2009; his work is still widely exhibited around the world, and is held in major collections including the Art Institute of Chicago; J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; National Portrait Gallery, London; National Gallery of Art, Washington and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, amongst others. In 2013 The Irving Penn Foundation donated 100 images to the Smithsonian American Art Museum, bringing the number of works in their collection to 161. -

Irving Penn (June 16, 1917 – October 7, 2009) was an American photographer known for his fashion photography, portraits, and still lifes. Penn's career included work at Vogue magazine, and independent advertising work for clients including Issey Miyake and Clinique. His work has been exhibited internationally and continues to inform the art of photography.

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Irving Penn obituary
Irving Penn, who has died aged 92, was one of the great photographers of the 20th century. His fashion pictures appeared in Vogue from the 1940s onwards, but he became known, too, for his portraits of writers, artists, celebrities, children and tradesmen, as well as his studies of tribesmen, nudes and still-lifes, which found beauty in decaying fruit or cigarette ends. He once claimed that "photographing a cake can be art".
Irving Penn, Fashion Photographer, Is Dead at 92
Irving Penn, one of the 20th century’s most prolific and influential photographers of fashion and the famous, whose signature blend of classical elegance and cool minimalism was recognizable to magazine readers and museumgoers worldwide, died on Wednesday at his home in Manhattan. He was 92.
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