Irving Penn: A Career in Photography

Irving Penn: A Career in Photography

by Colin Westerbeck, Edmund Carpenter, Colin Eisler, Irving Penn
     
 

Now available in paperback
Irving Penn’s photographs have become iconic documents of an era––from his fashion and commercial editorials to his series of nudes and portraits of artists, musicians, writers, celebrities, and tribesmen of New Guinea, Peru, and Morocco. Originally published in 1997 to accompany an exhibition celebrating the

Overview

Now available in paperback
Irving Penn’s photographs have become iconic documents of an era––from his fashion and commercial editorials to his series of nudes and portraits of artists, musicians, writers, celebrities, and tribesmen of New Guinea, Peru, and Morocco. Originally published in 1997 to accompany an exhibition celebrating the Irving Penn Collection and Archives at the Art Institute of Chicago, this book examines Penn’s remarkable and wide-ranging career and his uncompromising artistic vision. With nearly 200 captivating photographs that span the entire scope of his artistic production––including poetic portraits of Cecil Beaton, Marcel Duchamp, Arshile Gorky, Elsa Schiaparelli, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Truman Capote––the book features essays by distinguished scholars and reflections by individuals who have known him well or collaborated with him. They also discuss Penn's particular genius for demonstrating how a profound and humane art can be created at the center of a society increasingly dominated by and enthralled with mass media.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

This collection of Penn's pix runs the gamut from portraits and still lifes to nudes and artsy stuff. The subjects offer an equally wide range, from models and celebs to pastry chefs and New Guinea tribesmen. Presenting quite an eclectic gallery, this paperback version of the 1997 original sports roughly 200 images, mostly in toned black and white, with a handful of color plates.


—Michael Rogers

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780865591523
Publisher:
Art Institute of Chicago
Publication date:
10/28/1997
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
9.50(w) x 12.00(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Colin Westerbeck, former curator of photography at the Art Institute of Chicago, is a freelance writer and curator living in California. He is the author of many books, including Yasuhiro Ishimoto: A Tale of Two Cities (Yale).

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