Irving Penn

USA, 1917-2009

Irving Penn was the son of a Jewish watchmaker and the older brother of the director Arthur Penn. He grew up in Plainfield (New Jersey) and in Philadelphia.

Penn was trained as a designer. Since the 1940s he photographed for Vogue a.o. and was heavily influenced by the style of fashion photographer Louise Dahl-Wolfe. Many of the most famous Vogue images came from his camera. In addition to his fashion photos, his portraits became world famous. Many know his portrait of Pablo Picasso in hat and coat collar from the year 1957, from which Picasso looks at the viewer with a penetrating eye, or the image of the hand of jazz giant Miles Davis. Other famous portraits featured artists such as Marcel Duchamp, Georgia O'Keeffe, Igor Stravinsky or Spencer Tracy.

In 1991 Penn was awarded the Prix Nadar for the book En passant. The Irving Penn Collection is housed in the Art Institute of Chicago, which in 1997 organized the traveling exhibition Irving Penn, A Career in Photography. The exhibition was also shown in 1998 in the Deichtorhallen in Hamburg and in the Munich City Museum.

Follow this artist

We will inform you as soon as we receive new works or books by this artist.

Share this artist

Share this artist on your preferred social media

Included in these exhibitions

NUDES F >< M - Currently showing
About Love - Currently showing

close shopping cart

Your shopping cart

United States

Selecting your country will allow 28 Vignon Street to offer you services adapted to your location.

Choose your country

Choose your currency

Choose your language

Cookie policy
28 Vignon Street uses cookies to improve your user experience. By continuing, you agree to these cookies. You can read all about it in our cookie policy.

Newsletter 28 Vignon Street

Don't miss out on our new exhibitions, artworks and books!