Friday, 16 October 2009

Irving Penn 1917 – 2009

“A good photograph is one that communicate a fact, touches the heart, leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it. It is, in a word, effective”. IRVING PENN

I have been very busy so I couldn’t post this earlier. By now my very scarce readers should know that I love photography and very specially “portraiture”. Well, this post is to remember one of my favourite portrait photographers.

Irving Penn, passed away on 7th October 2009. Just one day after my birthday -- did I forgot to mention it was my BDay? Anyway, Irving Penn is a celebrated name in the world of portraiture and fashion photography. He was one of the first photographers to pose his subjects against a grey or black backdrop to great effect. I love his portraits because they are full of contrast and drama.

Below some of my favourites:

Pablo Picasso

Truman Capote

More after the Jump (NSFW) >>


Gisele Bundchen, 1999 (Auctioned for $193,000 at Christie’s)

Kate Moss, 1996 (Auctioned for $97,000, Christie’s Images Ltd 2008)

Vogue Cover (Jean Patchett, New York, 1950)

More here and here. Very Recommended.