IRVING PENN
  By: Hallie Nolan
Biography
    Born in New Jersey in1917
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    Attended the Philadelphia Museum School, where he studied under
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    Alex...
Penn’s Work
                 Why it’s Important

    His work did much to define post-war notions of feminine
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    chic a...
Influence

Who Influenced Penn :          Who Penn Influenced:

                                   Penn brought an
    Pen...
Critical Analysis

by an art historian:                    by me:

    “Throughout his                         I like his ...
Photograph
s
Citation:
    ^Getty Acquires Irving Penn's Most Extensive Work,
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    ARTINFO, February 7, 2008,
    <http://www.artinfo...
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  1. 1. IRVING PENN By: Hallie Nolan
  2. 2. Biography Born in New Jersey in1917  Attended the Philadelphia Museum School, where he studied under  AlexeyBrodovitch In 1937, a few of his painting were published in Harper’s Bazaar  1940-1941 he worked as the advertising director for Saks Fifth  Avenue. After he spent time in Mexico painting he was hired by Vogue  magazine to create cover illustrations as well as photographing the covers and editorial illustrations for articles inside the magazine. In 1950, he married his favorite model to photograph, Lisa  Fonssagrives, with whom he founded his studio with in 1953. They had one son who is named Tom. Lisa Fonssagrives, his wife,  died in 1992.
  3. 3. Penn’s Work Why it’s Important His work did much to define post-war notions of feminine  chic and glamour, which is what became best known for. In his fashion and portrait photography, Penn preferred to  use a neutral backdrop of gray or white seamless paper Or he would use architecturally constructed sets which  created striking effects with slanted, tilting , diving diagonals, and perspectives that would tip upwards. His work was also important because it showed the balance  of form and carefully adjusted composition, with shades of light and tone, presenting the subject as emotionally neutral or always kept at a distance emotionally and psychologically.
  4. 4. Influence Who Influenced Penn : Who Penn Influenced: Penn brought an Penn has decided to   photograph cigarette unprecedented sense butts, crumpled of drama to his wrappers, the torsos of portraits driving the plump artists' viewer's focus onto models, and most the person and their recently, still lifes of expression which skulls, bones, and influenced many construction photographers to materials, which all follow in his foot steps seem very and their techniques unfashionable, but have stillinfluenced Penn and is photography.
  5. 5. Critical Analysis by an art historian: by me: “Throughout his I like his work because   it’s not all the same, career, IrvingPenn and there are different has offset the angles and tones used flawless chic of his in his photographs. He fashion photographs also keeps his with work that backgrounds simple so focuses on decidedly that you can see the unfashionable complicityinhis subject, things” and their facial decisions if it’s a -Vince Aletti  portrait. Artforum International 
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  7. 7. Citation: ^Getty Acquires Irving Penn's Most Extensive Work,  ARTINFO, February 7, 2008, <http://www.artinfo.com/news/story/26765/getty- acquires-irving-penns-most-extensive-work/>. Retrieved on 11 March 2009 http://www.masters-of-  photography.com/images/full/penn/penn_findings.jpg.Re trieved on March 11 2009.

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