Irving Penn | the artist

The artist Irving Penn
Born June 16 1917, Plainfield, New Jersey, USA.
Died Oct 7 2009 Manhattan, USA.

Style and technique of the artist: Photography, Hasselblad Award,

Hasselblad Award 1985.

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Biography and works
Irving Penn is perhaps best known for his fashion photographs that, beginning with his notable 1950s series of the Paris collections, defined a new look for magazines. By placing models against plain backdrops, Penn removed the familiar indicators of space or scale and allowed fashion to stand alone as the subject of his images. Many fashion photographs point to changes in aesthetic sensibilities as well as to changes in fashion itself, and Pennís routine use of minimal, flat backgrounds can be viewed as the introduction of the modern age of fashion photography…
4 Works online
Irving Pennís unbroken stream of creative invention spanned seven decades and established an indelible standard of clarity, grace, wit, and elegance. The Museum of Modern Art has collected and exhibited his photographs since 1943, and in 1984 we were proud to present a retrospective organized by his friend John Szarkowski, then head of MoMAís Department of Photography. A selection of Pennís outstanding photographs from the Museumís collection is presented as a tribute to this remarkable artist.

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