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Irving Penn

(1917-2009), Photographer

Artist of 30 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 - NPG P586

W.H. Auden

by Irving Penn
vintage bromide print, 1947
NPG P586

Alfred Hitchcock, by Irving Penn - NPG P593

Alfred Hitchcock

by Irving Penn
vintage bromide print, 1947
NPG P593

Stephen Spender, by Irving Penn - NPG P600

Stephen Spender

by Irving Penn
vintage bromide print, 1947
NPG P600

Peter Ustinov, by Irving Penn - NPG P602

Peter Ustinov

by Irving Penn
vintage bromide print, 1947
NPG P602

P.G. Wodehouse, by Irving Penn - NPG P605

P.G. Wodehouse

by Irving Penn
vintage bromide print, 1947
NPG P605

Yehudi Menuhin, by Irving Penn - NPG P595

Yehudi Menuhin

by Irving Penn
vintage bromide print, 1948
NPG P595

Wallis, Duchess of Windsor, by Irving Penn - NPG P604

Wallis, Duchess of Windsor

by Irving Penn
bromide print, 1948
NPG P604

Peter Brook, by Irving Penn - NPG P588

Peter Brook

by Irving Penn
vintage bromide print, 1950
NPG P588

Richard Burton, by Irving Penn - NPG P589

Richard Burton

by Irving Penn
bromide print, 1950
NPG P589

Cecil Day-Lewis, by Irving Penn - NPG P590

Cecil Day-Lewis

by Irving Penn
bromide print, 1950
NPG P590

T.S. Eliot, by Irving Penn - NPG P591

T.S. Eliot

by Irving Penn
bromide print, 1950
NPG P591

Graham Greene, by Irving Penn - NPG P592

Graham Greene

by Irving Penn
vintage bromide print, 1950
NPG P592

Sir Ralph Richardson, by Irving Penn - NPG P598

Sir Ralph Richardson

by Irving Penn
vintage bromide print, 1950
NPG P598

Sir Stanley Spencer, by Irving Penn - NPG P599

Sir Stanley Spencer

by Irving Penn
vintage bromide print, 1950
NPG P599

Evelyn Waugh, by Irving Penn - NPG P603

Evelyn Waugh

by Irving Penn
vintage bromide print, 1950
NPG P603

Jacob Epstein, by Irving Penn - NPG P1398

Jacob Epstein

by Irving Penn
gelatin silver print, 1950
NPG P1398

Henry Moore, by Irving Penn - NPG P1400

Henry Moore

by Irving Penn
gelatin silver print, 1950
NPG P1400

J.B. Priestley, by Irving Penn - NPG P1401

J.B. Priestley

by Irving Penn
gelatin silver print, 1950
NPG P1401

Graham Sutherland, by Irving Penn - NPG P1402

Graham Sutherland

by Irving Penn
gelatin silver print, 1950
NPG P1402

John Osborne, by Irving Penn - NPG P597

John Osborne

by Irving Penn
platinum palladium print, 1958
NPG P597


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