Irving Penn, ‘Two Guedras, Morocco’, 1971, Phillips

From the Catalogue:
‘In Penn’s prints the descriptive resources of the photographic gray scale have never been more fully exploited.’

John Szarkowski
Courtesy of Phillips

Signature: Signed, titled, dated, numbered 36/40 in pencil, Condé Nast copyright credit reproduction limitation and edition stamps on the reverse of the aluminium flush-mount.

I. Penn, Worlds in a Small Room, Grossman, 1974, cover and p. 83, variant
J. Szarkowski, Irving Penn, MoMA, 1984, pl. 94
I. Penn, Passage, A Work Record, Knopf, 1991, p. 199, variant
S. Greenough, Irving Penn: Platinum Prints, National Gallery of Art, Washington/ Yale, 2005, p.175, pl. 61

Marlborough Gallery, New York
Phillips de Pury & Company, New York, 14 November 2009, lot 222

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