Irving Penn

Individual Works

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Penn, Irving

American Ballet Theatre, 1947

silver print

9 5/8 x 7 5/8 in. (24.4 x 19.4 cm)

Penn, Irving

Anaïs Nin, 1971

platinum print flush-mounted to aluminium

19 5/8 x 19 1/2 in. (49.9 x 49.5 cm)

Penn, Irving

C Lacroix corset, Paris, 1995

platinum palladium print

19 7/8 x 17 7/8 in. (50.5 x 45.5 cm)

Penn, Irving

Cecil Beaton, 1950

gelatin silver print

20 x 16 in. (50.8 x 40.6 cm)

Penn, Irving

Chevrier, Paris, 1950

platinum/palladium print

19 1/2 x 14 in. (49.5 x 35.6 cm)

Penn, Irving

Sweep, London, 1950

platinum palladium print

19 1/4 x 14 3/4 in. (48.9 x 37.5 cm)

Penn, Irving

Cretan Landscape, 1965

platinum palladium print

15 1/2 x 22 in. (39.4 x 55.9 cm)

Penn, Irving

Cuzco, Two Men in White Masks, 1948

silver print

10 9/16 x 10 9/16 in. (26.8 x 26.8 cm)

Irving, Penn

Deep Sea Diver, New York, 1951

platinum/palladium print

19 x 14 4/8 in. (48.3 x 36.5 cm)

Penn, Irving

Deli Package, New York, 1974

platinum palladium print

17 7/8 x 22 1/4 in. (45.4 x 56.5 cm)

Penn, Irving

Father Kneeling with Seated Child, Cuzco, Peru, 1948

gelatin silver print

8 x 7 1/2 in. (20.3 x 19.1 cm)

Penn, Irving

Five Morrocan Women, 1971

platinum palladium print

20 x 19 1/2 in. (50.8 x 49.5 cm)

Penn, Irving

Frozen Foods, New York, 1977

dye transfer print

23 5/8 x 18 3/8 in. (60 x 46.7 cm)

Penn, Irving

Marlene Dietrich, July 23 1948

gelatin silver print

9 5/8 x 7 3/4 in. (24.4 x 19.7 cm)

Penn, Irvine

Marlene Dietrich, July 23 1948

gelatin silver print

8 x 10 in. (20.3 x 25.4 cm)

Penn, Irving

Navvy, London, 1950

platinum/palladium print

22 1/2 x 18 1/8 in. (57.1 x 46 cm)

Penn, Irving

Nude 62, New York, 1949-1950

silver print

16 x 20 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm)

Penn, Irving

Nude 112, 1949-1950

gelatin silver print

15 1/2 x 14 3/4 in. (39.4 x 37.5 cm)

Penn, Irving

Paper Cup with Shadow, NY, 1975

platinum/palladium print

29 7/8 x 22 3/8 in. (75.9 x 56.8 cm)

Penn, Irving

Picasso (B.) Cannes, 1957

gelatin silver print

16 x 15 1/8 in. (40.6 x 38.4 cm)

Penn, Irving

Plumber, New York, 1951

platinum palladium print

19 1/2 x 14 1/2 in. (49.5 x 36.8 cm)

Penn, Irving

Poppy: Glowing Embers, New York, 1968

dye transfer print

17 5/8 x 21 7/8 in. (44.8 x 55.6 cm)

Penn, Irving

Rag and Bones Man, London, 1950

platinum palladium print

16 1/2 x 12 7/8 in. (41.9 x 32.7 cm)

Penn, Irving

Road Sweeper, London, 1950

platinum palladium print

19 5/8 x 14 9/16 in. (49.9 x 37 cm)

Penn, Irving

Sewer Cleaning, New York, 1951

platinum palladium print

19 1/2 x 14 1/2 in. (49.5 x 36.8 cm)

Penn, Irving

Summer Sleep, New York, 1949

dye transfer print

22 x 15 3/4 in. (55.9 x 40 cm)

Penn, Irving

The Tarot Reader (Jean Patchett & Bridget Tichenor), New York, 1949

gelatin silver print

15 3/4 x 14 7/8 in. (40 x 37.8 cm)

Penn, Irving

Theatre Accident, New York, 1947

dye transfer print

18 5/8 x 15 3/8 (47.3 x 39 cm)

Penn, Irving

Three Village Elders (B), Morocco, 1971

gelatin silver print

10 1/2 x 10 1/4 in. (26.7 x 26 cm)

Penn, Irving

Two Guedras, Morocco, 1971

platinum palladium print

27 3/4 x 23 1/4 in. (70.5 x 59.1 cm)

Penn, Irving

Vitrier, Paris, 1950

platinum palladium print

17 x 11 in. (43.2 x 27.9 cm)

Penn, Irving

Vogue Cover, New York, 1950

platinum print on Rives paper

18 x 15 in. (45.7 x 38.1 cm)

Penn, Irving

Woman in Moroccan Palace, Marrakech, 1951

platinum palladium print

19 7/16 x 19 9/16 in. (49.4 x 49.7 cm)

Penn, Irving

Woman on the Beach, Smoking, 1949

platinum palladium print

10 3/4 x 10 3/8 in. (27.3 x 26.4 cm)

Penn, Irving

Woman with Roses, 1950

platinum palladium print

14 1/2 x 12 1/2 in. (36.9 x 31.8 cm)

Penn, Irving

Woody Allen as Chaplin, cp. 1972

platinum palladium print

19 3/4 x 19 3/4 in. (50.2 x 50.2 cm)

Irving Penn

                  American, 1917 - 2009

 

Irving Penn is one of the few photographers of the twentieth century who have successfully crossed the threshold of the commercial into the art world. He has left an indelible mark on a range of genres, including fashion, still life, portraiture and the nude. Penn has not only had a successful career in both commercial and fine art photography, but has created image after image that transcends the barriers of each field.

 

Penn’s photographs are easy to identify for their sculptural lighting, sparse backgrounds, and attention to detail. In his still lifes, such as Frozen Foods, Penn finds beauty and vitality in everyday objects. The subject is isolated, the details highlighted, and he delivers an extraordinary, often clever, appreciation for the objects by displacing them from their usual context.

 

 

 

Penn’s studies of natives in Peru, New Guinea and Morocco have the same tight composition, sparse backdrops and gracefulness as his still lives and models. However, there is a darker, more melancholic mood. 

 

Penn worked continuously for American, British and French Vogue, in addition to a number of other international publications. His many exhibitions toured broadly in the United States, Asia and Europe. His work exists in museums worldwide and was the subject of a major exhibition at New York’s Museum of Modern in Art in 1984.