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Irving Penn: Centennial

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The definitive book on the work of a virtuosic and revered American photographer

Irving Penn (1917–2009) was among the most esteemed and influential photographers of the 20th century. Over the course of a nearly seventy-year career, he mastered a pared-down aesthetic of studio photography that is distinguished for its meticulous attention to composition, nuance, and detail
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Hardcover, 372 pages
Published April 25th 2017 by Metropolitan Museum of Art
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Sungyena
Apr 21, 2021 rated it liked it
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It’s a giant tome focusing on 12 bodies of work, each with a boring essay:

1. Signs of Life 1939-47 - early work
2. Existential Portraits 1947-48 - iconic celeb portraits
3. In Vogue 1947-50 - some Vogue work
4. Cuzco 1948 - photos of indigenous Peruvians
5. Nudes 1949-50 - amorphous torsos
6. Small Trades 1950-51 - charming portraits of blue collar tradespeople
7. Classic Portraits 1948-62 - more iconic portraits
8. Ethnographic Portraits 1967-71 - iconic portraits of indigenous people from Morocco, N
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Jason Machinski
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: photographers
If you love Penn, you will love this book!!
Barbara
Nov 15, 2020 rated it liked it
The whole magilla, all the work.
Big book.
Bastien Vignerie
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Genius (well except maybe the cigarette butt part...)
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Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Jolie ouvrage.

Nevertheless, too much reading, not enough photographies.

Where are the portraits of Karl Lagerfeld, of Mick Jagger, of Helmut Newton???
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