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Irving Penn was born in Plainfield, New Jersey on June 16, 1917. Penn’s design sense was fostered by study with Alexey Brodovitch at the Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Art from 1934 to 1938. Brodovich would later become his colleague at Harper's Bazaar magazine.
From 1938 to 1940 Penn worked as a freelance designer in New York. Earning enough money to buy his first camera, he purchased a Rolleiflex, and wandered the streets of New York on weekends tak- ing photographs. A few of those early images were printed as illustrations in Harper’s Bazaar. From 1940 to 1941 he worked as an advertising designer for the Saks Fifth Avenue department store.
In 1943 he was hired by Alexander Liberman, art director of Vogue, as his assistant. Liberman recognized Penn’s photographic talent, and urged him to pursue his photography. Penn’s first cover, an elegant still-life, appeared on October 1, 1943; he eventually would photograph 165 Vogue covers.
Penn’s career is indeed multi-dimensional, embracing many aspects of the world around us. As his long-time friend and colleague, Alexander Liberman wrote I am struck by the diversity and by the incredible attempt of this man to embrace all creation. The range of experience seems to me like the roving focus of a unique, implacable, all-seeing eye, disturbing and moving us in its passionate roving over life’s meaning, shaking our preset expected experience of existence.
Throughout his career Penn has photographed a long list of celebrities, statesmen, and artists, including Duke Ellington (1946), Alexander Calder (1946), Alfred Hitchcock (1947), Edward Steichen (1947), Georgia O’Keeffe (1948), Duchess of Windsor (1948), Edward Murrow (1951), Tennessee Williams (1951), Senator Hubert Humphrey (1951), Grace Kelly (1954), Pablo Picasso (1957), Henry Kissinger (1958), Sophia Loren (1959), Yo-Yo Ma (1964), Gore Vidal (1970), Arnold Schwarzenegger (1977), Merce Cunningham (1978), Yves St. Laur- ent (1983), Fernando Botero (1985), Mikhail Baryshnikov (1989), and Louis Malle (1990).
He died in his Manhattan house, NY, on october 7, 2009.
This is Miles Davis' hand!
Irving at his studio with models from New Guinean.
"A good photograph is one that communicate a fact, touches the heart, leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it. It is, in a word, effective. " Irving Penn
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