Irving Penn || Centennial

In 2017, Irving Penn (1917–2009) would have been one hundred years old. To mark the occasion, The Metropolitan Museum of Art hosted ”Irving Penn: Centennial”, in collaboration with The Irving Penn Foundation. It was the most comprehensive retrospective to date of the work of the great American photographer.

Here are some photos of the photos (and reflections thereof) which I hope you’ll enjoy :-

Image titles:

1/ Irving Penn: Centennial
2-3/ Roleiflex 3.5 E3 Twin-Lens Reflex Camera with 75 mm Carl Zeiss Planar Lens, 1961-64. Irving Penn acquired this camera in 1964 and used it and other similar models for portrait sittings for the next four decades. It is topped with a modified Hasselblad chimney viewfinder and mounted on a Tiltall pan/tilt head above a table tripod of the artist’s own design.
4/Carl Erickson and Elise Daniels, New York, 1947
5/Charles James, New York, 1948
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Marcel Duchamp, New York, 1948
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Alfred Hitchcock, New York, 1947
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Dusek Brothers, New York, ca. 1948
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Ballet Society, New York, 1948
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The Tarot Reader (Bridget Tichenor and Jean Patchett), New York, 1949
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Black and White Fashion with Handbag (Jean Patchett), New York, 1950
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Vogue covers: Between 1943 and 2004 Penn produced photographs for 165 Vogue magazine covers, more than any other artist to date.
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Vogue Fashion Photography (Jean Patchett), New York, 1949
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Woman with Roses (Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn in Lafaurie Dress), Paris, 1950
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Girl Drinking (Mary Jane Russell), New York, 1949
16/Man Lighting Girl’s Cigarette (Jean Patchett), New York, 1949
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Many Skirted Indian Woman, Cuzco, 1948
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Cuzco Children, 1948
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Butcher, London, 1950
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Facteur (Mailman), Paris, 1950
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Yves Saint Laurent, Paris, 1957
22/
Francis Bacon, London, 1962
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Cecil Beaton, London, 1950
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Cat Woman, New Guinea, 1970
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Two Guedras, Morocco, 1971
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Four Guedras, Morocco, 1971
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Not an Irvin Penn image but the type of background he would frequently use, New York, 2017
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Birgitta Klercker – Long Hair with Bathing Suit, New York, 1966
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Clockwise from left: Ingmar Bergmann, Stockholm, 1964 – Alvin Ailey, New York, 1971 – S. J. Perelman, New York, 1962 – Tom Wolfe, New York, 1966
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Truman Capote, New York, 1965
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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, New York, 1993
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Three Poppies ‘Arab Chief’, New York, 1969
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Girl with Tobacco on Tongue (Mary Jane Russell), New York, 1951

The Met

May 28th, 2017

15 thoughts on “Irving Penn || Centennial

  1. Fabulous. Thank you for posting all the notes. I so appreciate the care and acknowledgments I see in your posts. Much gratitude for your bringing the treats and delights of The Big Apple to those of us who are not able to make it there.
    May I re post?

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  2. Thank you for once again bringing the treats and delights the Big Apple offers to those of us who are unable to get there.
    I greatly appreciate the care and acknowledgments I see in your posts for all the artists (photographers, sculptors, painters, architects….) and their subjects/creations.
    These photographs are wonderfully rich and diverse.

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      1. Hey sorry for the anonymous comment. I was trying to comment from my phone and somehow it wasn’t going through, or at least that’s what the system was telling me. Evidently it did post!

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  3. Reblogged this on Dancing to the Words and commented:
    For those of you who are into photography and haven’t yet checked out The Humble Fabulist, I am reblogging this post from her blog. I wish I’d had the opportunity to see this Irvin Penn exhibit in NYC.
    I hope you enjoy seeing these photos and the folks portrayed therein .

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