Sunday, January 28, 2018

Jessica Kolkmeier reviews Irving Penn

Irving Penn has been on my radar for awhile now, and it's because he was able to combine the worlds of fine art and editorial magazine photography, something that I am interested in. He had a longstanding relationship with Vogue, but also had several works in the Modern Museum of Art. Known primarily for his portraiture, he was able to separate his work from the rest with little more than a backdrop and a stool. His photography has a certain edge to it, catching the subject at what seems the perfect honest moment. Though majority of his photos seem to be black and white, his has still lives that show a create tonality in color, and interesting composition as well. A series of nude photos also caught my eye (not like that Libby, come on) because they seem to take on the qualities of paintings. He plays with under and overexposure, and intentional cropping of the subject.

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