Irving Penn (1917 – 2009)


As one of the most influential photographers of the 20th Century, Irving Penn captured the fashionable and famous, as well as ordinary people. The New York Times called his signature a “blend of classic elegance mixed with cool minimalism,” and this technique served him well for glamorous magazine covers and portraits of the beautiful people. His lifelong relationship with Vogue began in 1943, resulting in the magazine’s first still-life cover, and stretching over 150 covers.  Best known for photographing Parisian fashion models and the world’s great cultural figures, the iconic photographer was equally as comfortable working with Peruvian peasants and blue collar workers. He once said, “A good photograph is one that communicates a fact, touches the heart and leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it.” Penn’s work will forever accomplish such a feat.

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