R.I.P Irving Penn

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NEW YORK—Irving Penn, the former Vogue photographer who spent much of his career chronicling the famous and fashionable, died at his home on the morning of Oct. 7, the New York Times reports. He was 92. Though trained as a painter, Penn spent the majority of his career — 40 years — creating portraits and still lifes for Vogue, 150 of which appeared on the magazine’s cover. Penn’s photographs were marked by a kind of stillness that gave his work a timeless feel over the changing decades of his working years. He is also credited with bringing back into popularity in the late 20th century a turn-of-the-century process of developing film via the use of platinum. Penn’s work was displayed not only in the pages of fashion magazines — Harper’s Bazaar and Vanity Fair among them — but in major museums as well. The 1970s saw his work exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art, though he continued to be active in later years. His most recent exhibition was at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles in September. [



Written by Fashette

October 8, 2009 at 7:15 am

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