The catalogue produced to accompany the landmark "Irving Penn: Centennial" retrospective (on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art from April 24 through July 30) offers an extensive and scholarly look at the many facets of Penn’s career.
An enlightening introduction situates his work in the context of the various artistic, social, and political environments and events that affected the content of his photographs. Lively essays acquaint readers with Penn's primary subjects and campaigns, including early documentary scenes and imagery; portraits of cultural figures and celebrities; fashion; female nudes; peoples of Peru, Dahomey (Benin), New Guinea, and Morocco; and still-lifes. Rounding out the book are discussions of Penn's advertising pictures and his painstaking printing processes, as well as an illustrated chronology.
Irving Penn: Centennial, by Maria Morris Hambourg, Jeff L. Rosenheim; with contributions by Alexandra Dennett, Philippe Garner, Adam Kirsch, Harald E.L. Prins, Vasilios Zatse
Published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Distributed by Yale University Press, New Haven and London
Printed in Italy
372 pages; 365 color, tritone, and quadtone illustrations; chronology; index
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