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Irving Penn: A Career in Photography

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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 ...

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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.

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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865591523
  • Publisher: Art Institute of Chicago
  • Publication date: 10/28/1997
  • Pages: 192

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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Table of Contents

Foreword 7
A Man of Many Parts 8
Plates 1-16 23
Etonnement and Beyond: Irving Penn 42
Irving Penn: Nudes, 1949-1950 48
Love Thy Label as Thyself 54
Plates 17-77 63
Some Early Portraits by Irving Penn 128
Narcissus' Lens: Portraiture by Irving Penn 138
Plates 78-93 143
The Irving Penn Archives at The Art Institute of Chicago 162
Catalogue of the Irving Penn Collection at The Art Institute of Chicago 174
Acknowledgments 186
Photography Credits 188
Index 190
Contributors 192
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