Famed photographer Irving Penn passed away today at the age of 92. His stint at Vogue magazine in the 1940s produced some amazing shots. In an interview with The New York Times in 1991, Penn said, “Many photographers feel their client is the subject. My client is a woman in Kansas who reads Vogue. I’m trying to intrigue, stimulate, feed her. … The severe portrait that is not the greatest joy in the world to the subject may be enormously interesting to the reader.”
Penn shot for Vogue on and off after leaving the magazine in the late 1940s. He captured this photo of Nicole Kidman in a Christian Lacroix dress for the May 2004 cover of American Vogue.