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Irving Penn 
 
  
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Hardcover 
192 pages 
Bulfinch 
Published 1997 
  
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The occasion that inspired this retrospective of one of the century's most captivating and stylish photographers is Penn's donation of his professional archives and a hand-picked collection of his work to the Art Institute of Chicago. This is cause for celebration, and Westerbeck, the museum's curator of photography, and his contributors, including former Vogue editor Rosamond Bernier and anthropologist Edmund Carpenter, who represent the two extremes of Penn's photographic universe, explain why in their essays. In his fashion photographs, Penn combines glamour and wit; in his portraits of artists and writers (the series of such notables as Martha Graham, Marcel Duchamp, and Georgia O'Keeffe wedged into a cleverly constructed corner set are especially compelling), Penn reveals both the drama and the danger of the creative life; in his nudes, he discovers the body's eternal mystery; in his portraits of New Guinea tribesmen, he further explores the body as sculpture, attire as art. Even when Penn casts his eyes on something as classic as a tulip, or as commercial as cosmetics, he makes magic. Donna Seaman  
  
 
  
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Trained as an artist, Irving Penn began photographing for Vogue in the 1940s--and went on to become one of the most versatile and accomplished image-makers of the last 50 years. His photographs have become documents of the century, from his portraits of native peoples to his gravity defying still lifes of Clinque cosmetics. This landmark retrospective showcases 90 of Penn's standout images.
 
  
 
  

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