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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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Dame Ivy Compton-Burnett, by Irving Penn - NPG P1397

Dame Ivy Compton-Burnett

by Irving Penn
gelatin silver print, 1958
NPG P1397

Arnold Joseph Toynbee; Philip Toynbee, by Irving Penn - NPG P1399

Arnold Joseph Toynbee; Philip Toynbee

by Irving Penn
gelatin silver print, 1958
NPG P1399

Francis Bacon, by Irving Penn - NPG P587

Francis Bacon

by Irving Penn
platinum palladium print, 1962
NPG P587

Somerset Maugham, by Irving Penn - NPG P594

Somerset Maugham

by Irving Penn
platinum palladium print, 1962
NPG P594

Laurence Olivier, by Irving Penn - NPG P596

Laurence Olivier

by Irving Penn
platinum palladium print, 1962
NPG P596

Tom Stoppard, by Irving Penn - NPG P601

Tom Stoppard

by Irving Penn
vintage gelatin silver print, 1984
NPG P601

Cecil Beaton; Dorian Leigh, by Irving Penn - NPG x40470

Cecil Beaton; Dorian Leigh

by Irving Penn
bromide silver print, 1947
NPG x40470

Cary Grant; Betsy Drake, by Irving Penn - NPG x199795

Cary Grant; Betsy Drake

by Irving Penn
gelatin silver print, 1950
NPG x199795

Cecil Beaton, by Irving Penn - NPG x40469

Cecil Beaton

by Irving Penn
glossy unglazed bromide silver print, 1951
NPG x40469

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