Friday, October 9, 2009

The Zen of Penn

Irving Penn passed away yesterday at the age of 92. Obituaries were swiftly posted on the front pages of almost every major news web site and newspaper. Andy Grundberg of the New York Times accurately characterized Penn's work by noting that Penn's pictures were made with "compositional clarity and economy." Penn was one of only a small clutch of photographers who's name and images are recognized by the larger public. Like Richard Avedon, and a few others before him, he owed this broad noteriety to an unusual ability to make pictures that succeeded in all of the various realms and arenas of the photography world. No easy feat. I suspect that, unlike many contemporary photographers, this was not a particular goal or interest of his. Based on his abundant productivity it seems obvious that he simply enjoyed making pictures and exploring the myriad of processes, techniques and subject matters that were imaginable.

All of the above pictures are by Irving Penn

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