Irving Penn, ‘Guedras in the Wind’, 1971-printed 1978, Phillips

Signature: Signed, titled, dated, numbered 15/32 in pencil, Condé Nast copyright credit and edition stamps on the reverse of the aluminum flush-mount.

Art Institute of Chicago, Irving Penn: A Career in Photography, pl. 93

Christie's, New York, 17 October 2006, lot 43

About Irving Penn

Considered one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century, Irving Penn photographed a host of important writers, visual artists, and cultural figures in his lifetime (including Jasper Johns, Pablo Picasso, Giorgio de Chirico, John Cage, Truman Capote, and Louise Bourgeois) as well as producing images for Vogue, Chanel, and other major fashion mainstays. Known for his pared-down compositional style, Penn often photographed his subjects in the natural light of the studio using minimal props; his fashion images were marked by their austerity, sophistication, and tonal subtleties. Penn also photographed workers his series “Small Trades” (1950–51), depicting laborers in New York, Paris, and London posed in work clothes and holding the tools of their trade. Caught in both black and white and color, Penn’s iconic images are known for the honesty and humanity he brought to his subjects.

American, 1917-2009, Plainfield, New Jersey, based in New York, New York

Solo Shows

2016
Masters Projects, 
Brooklyn,
Irving Penn: Women, Warriors
2013
London,
Irving Penn: Cranium Architecture
2012
London,
Irving Penn: Cigarettes
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