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Title

Gypsy Rose Lee, New York


Artist

Irving Penn

United States of America

1917 - Oct 2009


About

Simplicity and clarity of style is a trademark of Penn's studio portraits. Backdrops and props are minimal; the space of the studio itself is used. Penn adopted the device of posing his subjects in sharp-angled corner spaces to further bring out their personality and remove any distractions from his minimal and austere composition.

'Sometime in 1948 I began photographing portraits in a small corner space made of two studio flats pushed together, the floor covered with a piece of old carpeting...this confinement, surprisingly seemed to comfort people, soothing them. The walls were a surface to lean on or push against. For me the picture possibilities were interesting; limiting the subjects movements seemed to relieve me of part of the problem of holding onto them.' Irving Penn


Details


Date

1948


Media category

Photograph


Materials used

gelatin silver photograph


Dimensions

24.0 x 14.5 cm image; 35.8 x 28.4 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed and dated c. verso, ink "Irving Penn 1948".


Credit

Gift of Edron Pty Ltd - 1995 through the auspices of Alistair McAlpine


Location

Not on display


Accession number

324.1996


Artist information

Irving Penn

Works in the collection

2


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Judy Annear, American beauty: from Muybridge to Goldin, Sydney, 2003. no catalogue numbers