Irving Penn (1917-2009)

Irving Penn (1917-2009)

Annie Werbler
Oct 8, 2009

We've written about photographer Irving Penn from time to time, and feel compelled to share the sad news of his passing at age 92 in Manhattan.

Penn is perhaps best-known for his fashion photography, having worked for Vogue magazine early in his career. He also created famously expressive portraits of well-known subjects in natural light against simple backdrops, as well as abstracted still-life pieces. Many books have been produced both by and about Penn, and his work is on permanent display at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and at the Art Institute of Chicago. The legacy of this master artist survives in the massive influence he holds over aesthetics in contemporary photography.

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