Irving Penn. A Career in Photography. INSCRIBED BY PENN

Irving Penn. A Career in Photography. INSCRIBED BY PENN
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Edited by Colin Westerbeck.

Boston. The Art Institute of Chicago in association with Bulfinch Press. 1997. Hardback, dust jacket. 192 pages. 193 illustrations, including 19 in colour, 80 in tritone, and 94 in duotone. 315 x 250mm (12 x 9"). 1.5kg. English. Fine.

Inscribed by Irving Penn in ink on the half-title, reading 'For Frances, With many thanks: Irving Penn'. 'One of the most important photographers of this century, Irving Penn has excelled in many different genres, producing a body of work that has had a major impact on fashion, portraiture, nudes, still life, advertising, and ethnographic photography... The photographs he has produced have become documents of our era, from his portraits of native peoples of Peru, New Guinea, and Morocco to those of actors, artists, politicians, and writers; from his sharply rendered fashion editorials to evanescent nudes; from skillful still lifes of street trash to gravity-defying still lifes of Clinique cosmetics. In 1995, Irving Penn donated to The Art Institute of Chicago his professional archives, along with a set of prints representing his life's work. This catalogue, which accompanied a major international exhibition of Penn's photographs, celebrates Penn's gift to the museum and calls attention to the opportunity the archive will provide for studying this extraordinary and essential twentieth-century photographer. Including remembrances and reflections on Penn's work by people with whom he has collaborated over the years, this book provides a unique record of Penn's achievement.' (from the blurb).