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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".

Quote:
“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.

Prices:
$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:
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.

Portfolios:
None.

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

Availability:
Select images are available.

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


Pablo Picasso, 1960

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