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Irving Penn

Cuzco Children, 1948

Irving Penn was born in Plainfield, NJ in 1917.

Known for:
Innovative fashion photography, provocative still lifes and portraits.
"Irving Penn's photographs are charged with an asceticism as exacting as it is lush and voluptuous."

Most Popular Images:
"Cuzco Children"; "Pablo Picasso"

Did you know ... ?
• Penn worked for Harper's Bazaar, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Vogue Magazine.
• In the early 1950s, Penn placed his subjects in a corner set in order to capture their various feelings of entrapment or security.
• He traveled the world using his canvas backdrop to produce "Worlds in a Small Room".

“Photographing a cake can be art.”

General Format:
20 x 25 cm to 50 x 70 cm Palladium and Platinum prints.

How many photographs exist?
Most of Penn's photographs were printed in editions of 60 or less.

$9,500 - $175,000
2009 - $35,000 - 100,000

How are the photographs printed and signed?
Platinum and Palladium photographs are signed in pencil au recto or au verso with copyright information au verso.

Vintage photographs are rare. Vintage means that the print date is at or near the same time as the negative date.

Technical Information:
Penn used a variety of equipment - Leica and Nikon cameras, 4" x 5" or 8" x 10" Deardoff view cameras, or Rolleiflex or Hasselblad cameras. He also used three different printing techniques to create glossy 'vintage' silver photographs, Platinum/ Palladium works, and Dye Transfer prints.


Books - In Print:
Irving Penn: A Career in Photography -
hardback, $65.00
Irving Penn: Photographs -
Exhibition catalogue, hardback, out of print $225.00

Select images are available.

Price History:
Cuzco Children -
1978: $3,000
1988: $35,000
2000: $175,000.
2009: $950,000

Pablo Picasso, 1960

Authenticity is guaranteed. Prices and availability are subject to change without prior notice.


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