Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Irving Penn

Only recently have I discovered the work of Irving Penn maybe due to his recent publicised death on 7th October 2009.Penn worked for many years doing fashion photography for Vogue magazine, founding his own studio in 1953.

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

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