REMEMBERING PENN

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.”

His amazing work in fashion, still life and celebrity photos lives on in the images he captured. Here is a beautiful sampling of Penn’s work:

Thirteen of Penn’s photographs will be auctioned off at Christie’s tomorrow including this photo (above) “Guedras in the Wind” taken in 1971 of two Moroccan women. It is estimated to go for $40,000 to $60,000.

Penn captured this shot of model Kate Moss (above) and in 2008 it sold for $91,000. All of the money went to charity.


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.

A collection of photographs by Irving Penn are on display at the National Portrait Gallery and the National Museum of American Art in Washington D.C., with archives at The Art Institute of Chicago.

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