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
Irving Penn ~ Barnett Newman
Irving Penn ~ Max Ernst + Dorothea Tanning, 1947
Artist Giorgio de Chirico, Rome, 1944.
Irving Penn - Veiled Face (Evelyn Tripp), 1949
Bee Stung Lips, 1995
Red-Laquered Lid, New York, 1994
Irving Penn Self Portrait
Raymone and Blaise Cendrars
Nadja Auermann - Vogue by Irving Penn, July 1996
Irving Penn ~ Issey Miyake dress
Irving Penn corset Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel NYC,1994
Dorian Leigh and Maurice Tillet
Duchess of Windsor, Mrs. William Rhinelander Stewart
Simone de Beauvoir
Georgia O'Keeffe, Gypsy Rose Lee
Igor Stravinsky, Marcel Duchamp
Truman Capote, Spencer Tracy
Ballet Society, 1948
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.
Irving Penn Self Portrait. Auctioned for $45000 at Christies in London