Irving Penn Portraits

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Essay by Magdalene Keaney 
Foreword by Sandy Nairne

Drawn from a career spanning seven decades, Irving Penn Portraits presents thirty photographs of renowned personalities by one of the most distinguished photographers of the twentieth century. With an essay by curator Magdalene Keaney, Irving Penn Portraits is the first book to focus exclusively on Penn's portraiture and his contributions to the genre.

From Penn's early work of the 1940s to recent images made in the twenty-first century, Irving Penn Portraits honours a selection of photographs with reproductions of superb quality. Among those featured are Giorgio de Chirico, Igor Stravinsky, Pablo Picasso, Duke Ellington, Marlene Dietrich, Woody Allen, Rudolf Nureyev, Helmut Newton and Jasper Johns.

Irving Penn was born in 1917, in Plainfield, New Jersey. In a career of more than sixty years, he created an extensive and influential body of photographs in portraiture, fashion and still life. His work resides in the permanent collections of major museums internationally and has been published in over twenty-five monographs and exhibited throughout the world.

The full list of contents include: Giorgio de Chirico, The Angel, Cecil Beaton with Nude, Max Ernst and Dorothea Tanning, Peter Ustinov, Edith Piaf, Elsa Schiaparelli, Truman Capote, Igor Stravinsky, Ballet Society, Joan Miró and his daughter, Dolores, Tarragona, Caffè Greco, Marlene Dietrich, Alberto Giacometti, Colette, Tennessee Williams, Pablo Picasso, Francis Bacon, Saul Bellow, Rudolph Nureyev, Barnett Newman, Saul Steinberg, Duke Ellington, Woody Allen, Issey Miyake, Louise Bourgeois, Helmut Newton, Ellsworth Kelly, Chuck Close, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, and Kenneth Noland.

Magdalene Keaney is Associate Curator of Photographs at the National Portrait Gallery, London, and was formerly a curator at the Australian National Portrait Gallery, Canberra.
Sandy Nairne is Director of the National Portrait Gallery, London.

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Pub. date: 18 February 2010
Price: £25
ISBN: 9781 85514 417 0
Format: 245 x 245mm
Extent: 80 pages
Illustrations: 30 tritones
Binding: Hardback (cloth cased with tipped-in photograph)
Category: Photography / Monograph

The book cover features
Saul Steinberg in Nose Mask, New York, 1966

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