Irving Penn, ‘Nude No. 68, New York’, ca. 1949-50, Pace/MacGill Gallery

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

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2017
STILL LIFE, Grob Gallery, Genève
2017
Speech, Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York
2016
Irving Penn: Personal Work, Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York
2015
Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty, Smithsonian American Art Museum, NW Washington, DC
2013
Irving Penn: On Assignment, Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York

Solo Shows on Artsy

2016
Irving Penn: Personal Work, Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York
2015
Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty, Smithsonian American Art Museum, NW Washington, DC
2013
Irving Penn: On Assignment, Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York

Group Shows on Artsy

2017
STILL LIFE, Grob Gallery, Genève
2017
Speech, Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York
2017
David + Goliath, Corkin Gallery, Toronto
2015
Paris Photo in Boston, Robert Klein Gallery, Boston
2015
From the Archives of Bert Stern, Staley-Wise Gallery
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