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Goodbye to Irving Penn, one of the fashion's great photographers

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2009-10-08

US fashion and portrait photographer Irving Penn died in New York at the age of 92, a spokesman for his studio said. Long associated with Vogue magazine, Penn was known for his elegant and minimalist portraits.

AFP - Influential fashion photographer Irving Penn, known for his elegant, minimalist portraits, died Wednesday. He was 92.
   
Penn was long associated with Vogue magazine, where he first began working in the 1940s and won renown for his calm, classical compositions.
   
He died at home in New York, said a representative for Pace/MacGill Gallery, which represents Penn's work.
   
Although he was most famous for photographs of glamorous models -- including a black-and-white, nude Gisele Bundchen -- he brought the same graceful simplicity and accuracy to pictures of Peruvian peasants or New Guinea tribesmen.
   
"Instead of spontaneity, Mr Penn provided the illusion of a seance, his gaze precisely describing the profile of a Balenciaga coat or of a Moroccan djellaba in a way that could almost mesmerize the viewer," The New York Times said in an obituary.
   
"Nothing escaped the edges of his photographs unless he commanded it."
   
His photographs regularly fetch tens of thousands of dollars under the hammer. An auction scheduled at Christie's in New York on Thursday was to feature some 15 prints by Penn.
 

Date created : 2009-10-08

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