Wednesday 4/27/2005

Irving Penn

Irving Penn , 1917–, American photographer, brother of Arthur Penn, b. Plainfield, N.J.; studied Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Art (1934–38). Best known for his fashion work, he is also a master of portraiture and still life. Originally a painter, Penn began working working for Vogue magazine in 1943 and became one of America's most successful fashion photographers, known for his cool, refined, and glamorously stylized images. In portraiture, Penn uses plain backgrounds and natural light and is famously adept at capturing the essence of his sitter's personality. His work has been exhibited at New York's Museum of Modern Art and Metropolitan Museum of Art and at the Art Institute of Chicago, which owns his archives.

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