IRVING PENN 1917-2009

Irving Penn, one of the 20th century’s most prolific and influential photographers of fashion and the famous, whose signature blend of classical elegance and cool minimalism was recognizable to magazine readers and museumgoers worldwide, died Wednesday morning at his home in Manhattan. He was 92.

A great American photographer that mastered the art of photography, shot everybody from Pablo Picasso to famous Brazilian model Gisele Bundchen. While his prints are always clean and clear, Penn’s subjects vary widely. Many times his pictures are so ahead of their time that they only came to be appreciated as important works in the modernist canon years after their creation. For example, a series of posed nudes whose physical shapes range from thin to plump were shot in 1949-1950, but were not exhibited until 1980.

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VIA- NEW YORK TIMES

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