Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Farewell Irving Penn

Another favorite photography icon has past away. Irving Penn was 92. Though trained as a painter, Penn spent the majority of his career (40 years) creating portraits and still-lifes for Vogue, 150 of which appeared on the magazine’s cover. Penn’s photographs were marked by a kind of stillness that gave his work a timeless feel over the changing decades of his working years. He is also credited with bringing back a 19th century printing process (platinum process) back into popularity in the late 20th century.

"Girl in Bed" 1949 - Irving Penn

After seeing his beautiful platinum prints for the first time at the Chicago Art Institute it really inspired me to learn this hand-crafted alternative printing process which still awes me every time I print one.

New York Times Obit - Irving Penn

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