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Irving Penn

(1917-2009), Photographer

Artist of 29 portraits
Penn studied at the Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Art. He worked as art director of the department store Saks Fifth Avenue and spent a year painting in Mexico before joining the staff of Vogue in 1943 where, on the suggestion of its art director, Alexander Lieberman, he started working as a photographer. The following year he joined the U.S. Field Service on ambulance duty, and served with the British Army in Italy and India. After the war Penn returned immediately to Vogue, making fashion pictures, still lives, portraits and theatrical compositions. From 1953 he also worked from his own studio. Penn won many awards and his pictures are in numerous museums and permanent collections.

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W.H. Auden

by Irving Penn
vintage bromide print, 1947
NPG P586

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Alfred Hitchcock

by Irving Penn
vintage bromide print, 1947
NPG P593

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Sir Stephen Harold Spender

by Irving Penn
vintage bromide print, 1947
NPG P600

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Peter Ustinov

by Irving Penn
vintage bromide print, 1947
NPG P602

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P.G. Wodehouse

by Irving Penn
vintage bromide print, 1947
NPG P605

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Yehudi Menuhin

by Irving Penn
vintage bromide print, 1948
NPG P595

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Wallis, Duchess of Windsor

by Irving Penn
bromide print, 1948
NPG P604

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Peter Stephen Paul Brook

by Irving Penn
vintage bromide print, 1950
NPG P588

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Richard Burton

by Irving Penn
bromide print, 1950
NPG P589

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Cecil Day-Lewis

by Irving Penn
bromide print, 1950
NPG P590

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T.S. Eliot

by Irving Penn
bromide print, 1950
NPG P591

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Graham Greene

by Irving Penn
vintage bromide print, 1950
NPG P592

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Sir Ralph David Richardson

by Irving Penn
vintage bromide print, 1950
NPG P598

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Sir Stanley Spencer

by Irving Penn
vintage bromide print, 1950
NPG P599

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Evelyn Waugh

by Irving Penn
vintage bromide print, 1950
NPG P603

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Sir Jacob Epstein

by Irving Penn
gelatin silver print, 1950
NPG P1398

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Henry Moore

by Irving Penn
gelatin silver print, 1950
NPG P1400

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John Boynton ('J.B.') Priestley

by Irving Penn
gelatin silver print, 1950
NPG P1401

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Graham Vivian Sutherland

by Irving Penn
gelatin silver print, 1950
NPG P1402

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John Osborne

by Irving Penn
platinum palladium print, 1958
NPG P597

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