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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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P586

W.H. Auden

by Irving Penn
vintage bromide print, 1947
NPG P586

P593

Alfred Hitchcock

by Irving Penn
vintage bromide print, 1947
NPG P593

P600

Sir Stephen Harold Spender

by Irving Penn
vintage bromide print, 1947
NPG P600

P602

Peter Ustinov

by Irving Penn
vintage bromide print, 1947
NPG P602

P605

P.G. Wodehouse

by Irving Penn
vintage bromide print, 1947
NPG P605

P595

Yehudi Menuhin

by Irving Penn
vintage bromide print, 1948
NPG P595

P604

Wallis, Duchess of Windsor

by Irving Penn
bromide print, 1948
NPG P604

P588

Peter Stephen Paul Brook

by Irving Penn
vintage bromide print, 1950
NPG P588

P589

Richard Burton

by Irving Penn
bromide print, 1950
NPG P589

P590

Cecil Day-Lewis

by Irving Penn
bromide print, 1950
NPG P590

P591

T.S. Eliot

by Irving Penn
bromide print, 1950
NPG P591

P592

Graham Greene

by Irving Penn
vintage bromide print, 1950
NPG P592

P598

Sir Ralph David Richardson

by Irving Penn
vintage bromide print, 1950
NPG P598

P599

Sir Stanley Spencer

by Irving Penn
vintage bromide print, 1950
NPG P599

P603

Evelyn Waugh

by Irving Penn
vintage bromide print, 1950
NPG P603

P1398

Sir Jacob Epstein

by Irving Penn
gelatin silver print, 1950
NPG P1398

P1400

Henry Moore

by Irving Penn
gelatin silver print, 1950
NPG P1400

P1401

John Boynton ('J.B.') Priestley

by Irving Penn
gelatin silver print, 1950
NPG P1401

P1402

Graham Vivian Sutherland

by Irving Penn
gelatin silver print, 1950
NPG P1402

P597

John Osborne

by Irving Penn
platinum palladium print, 1958
NPG P597

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