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Irving Penn

B. United States, 1917-2009

The Works



Irving Penn

Single Oriental Poppy, New York, 1968

Archival pigment print, printed c. 2007


Irving Penn

Cigarette 42, New York, 1972

Platinum palladium print mounted on aluminium, printed 1974


Irving Penn

Woman in a Palace (Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn), Marrakech, Morocco, 1951

Selenium-toned silver gelatin print, printed 1992, mounted on board


Irving Penn

Woman with Sunblock, New York, 1966

Dye transfer print, printed 1985


Irving Penn

Women in Wartime (Dorian Leigh and Evelyn Tripp), 1950

Silver gelatin print, printed 1984

Irving Penn

B. United States1917-2009

B. United States1917-2009


Irving Penn has been hailed as one of the greatest photographers of the twentieth century. His portraits and fashion photography have been internationally recognised and celebrated by critics and public alike. Throughout his career Penn explored illustration, advertising, photojournalism, portraiture, travel, still and television. Specialising in fashion photography, he worked almost exclusively in a studio environment. His subjects were set against a muted background and under specific lighting conditions, thus highlighting the qualities of the individual rather than their surroundings or social context. Penn’s portraits are stylistically often very simplistic, but the character of the sitter is always given great importance.

Penn published a number of critically acclaimed books such as Moments Preserved (1960) and Worlds in a Small Room (1974). His work has been exhibited in many galleries worldwide, famously exhibiting his photographs of Cigarettes in a 1975 exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York and more recently a survey of his portraiture work at the National Portrait Gallery London, in 2010. Irving Penn died in 2009.



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