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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Photographer Profile ~ Irving Penn


If I had to pick one photographer to be my favourite Irving Penn would certainly be it. He was a true master. His Compelling and thoughtful portraits and strong graphic still life's always had a profound effect on me. He was also a visionary in the fashion world.

My connection with Penn was via a Polaroid. While still studying photography in College, I assisted a food and product shooter who would receive Polaroids from Irving Penn for art direction. (pre-digital days) We were shooting Clinique ads and Penn would set up the composition of the bottles and shoot it at the angle he desired and then forwarded the Polaroid to the photographer. The photographer would then carry out Penn's vision. I wish I had one of those Polaroids! He will be missed.



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Irving Penn ~ Three Rissani woman with Bread, Morocco, 1971

Picasso ~ Irving Penn

Al Pacino


Truman Capote


Dali

 Woody Allen

 Nicole Kidman
Georgia O'keeffe

 Irving Penn ~ Barnett Newman


Irving Penn ~ Max Ernst + Dorothea Tanning, 1947


 Artist Giorgio de Chirico, Rome, 1944.



Hitchcock



Audrey Hepburn



JFK



Irving Penn - Veiled Face (Evelyn Tripp), 1949 







 Joe Louis


 Miles Davis
Bee Stung Lips, 1995

Red-Laquered Lid, New York, 1994










 Lisa ~ Penn's Wife/model



  Eugene Ionesco
























 Miles Davis


 Miles Davis









 
Irving Penn Self Portrait











 Truman Capote



 Raymone and Blaise Cendrars


















 Miles Davis

Miles Davis




 Photographer Cecil Beaton

 Miles Davis





 Street Photographer








Kate Moss
Nadja Auermann - Vogue by Irving Penn, July 1996























Irving Penn ~ Issey Miyake dress


Irving Penn corset Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel NYC,1994



Lisa 
Lisa

Amber Valletta


Kate Moss

Dorian Leigh and Maurice Tillet

 Rudolf Nureyev

 Duchess of Windsor, Mrs. William Rhinelander Stewart

 Ingmar Bergman


 Ingmar Bergman



 Simone de Beauvoir


Truman Capote


 Marlene Dietrich

 Jean Cocteau

Georgia O'Keeffe, Gypsy Rose Lee


 Igor Stravinsky, Marcel Duchamp

 Truman Capote, Spencer Tracy

 Jacob and Gwen Lawrence


 Ballet Society, 1948

 Louise Bourgeois


  Marlene Dietrich
















Portrait of fashion Photographer by Penn: From left to right: Serge Balkin, Cecil Beaton, George Platt Lynes, Constantine Joffe, Dorian Leigh (model), Horst P. Horst, John Rawlings, Alexnader Liberman (art director), Erwin Blumenfeld.

Penn's Studio
Irving Penn Self Portrait. Auctioned for $45000 at Christies in London




4 comments:

  1. Thanks so much... What a great collection.

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  2. Thanks!! What a great collection of images. Fascinating stuff.

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    1. You are very welcome Peter. Thank you for visiting!

      Cheers!
      Anthony

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