Clarity, composition, careful arrangement of objects or people, form, and the use of light characterize Penn's work. Each image has the ability to involve the onlooker in a deeper sense. I particularly like his black and white portraits. His still life has an element of Surrealism to its images.
As many great artists his work was ahead of his time, my philosophy for a genius almost.
"Photographing a cake can be art" Irving Penn