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Irving Penn

United States of America

1917 – Oct 2009

  • Details

    Media category
    Materials used
    gelatin silver photograph
    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".

    Gift of Edron Pty Ltd - 1995 through the auspices of Alistair McAlpine
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © 1948 (renewed 1976) by The Condé Nast Publications, Inc.

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    Artist information
    Irving Penn

    Works in the collection


  • 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

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

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