Frequently Asked Questions

What is The Irving Penn Foundation?
The Irving Penn Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization formed by the artist in 2005. It was established to promote knowledge and understanding of the artistic legacy of Irving Penn, including the diversity of techniques, mediums, and subject matter the artist explored.


Does The Irving Penn Foundation authenticate works of art?
The Foundation does not authenticate works of art.


Who do I contact to reproduce an image of a Penn work?
Please visit our Permissions section for detailed information on licensing and instructions for submitting a request.


Where can I see work by Irving Penn?
Please visit our ExhibitionsPublications, and Artwork pages. 


I would like to purchase a work by Penn. Who can I contact?
Please contact:

Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York
Pace Gallery, New York, London, Beijing, Hong Kong, Geneva, Palo Alto, Seoul
Hamiltons Gallery, London
Åmells Gallery, Stockholm
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris


Is the Foundation’s archive accessible for research?
The contents of the archive are still being processed. As a result, they are not yet accessible to researchers. The Foundation may, on a case by case basis, respond to questions or make selected materials available to scholars, curators, conservators, and researchers.




The Poor Lovers, New York, 1979. Platinum-palladium print. © The Irving Penn Foundation