October 7, 2009

Irving Penn

I've been writing this post for a while now, trying to articulate why I love Irving Penn so much. Nothing I can think of does him much justice. So, in the spirit of his photographs, why not keep it simple and to the point:
“A good photograph is one that communicates a fact, touches the heart and leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it. It is, in a word, effective.”

R.I.P., Irving Penn.

59 comments:

sanne said...

The first one is Richard Avedon, but still. Irving was truly amazing!

TobyOliverDean said...

yup!

nicc said...

Monochromatic photos always leave me with a bigger impression of the photograph.
I like the feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when you see something that truly hits your subconcious. Excellent choices Tavi.

Jem said...

penn was freaking amazing! but just thought i'd let you know that the first picture is actually a richard avedon photograph.

Jayy (The Official Fliistar) said...

I like the one with the two kids leaning on the table. It has a comic sense to it.
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Lauren said...

Yeah, love Penn, but gotta give props to Avedon. Saw his exhibit in the San Francisco MOMA. Awesome.

MAISON CHAPLIN said...

Oh My God, Miss Penn looks so glamorous! Love the pictures....... ;)

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sanderbr said...

this need not be articulated

Spencer Tweedy said...

i really like the little mexican children one

50two said...

avedon, penn and hiro had so much more than what alot of the big photographers do today. its all become so saturated and in-your-face

Lilee said...

very nice.

KD said...

True dat. And beautiful photographs, including the first one which is, indeed, Avedon.

Zany Style said...

those pictures are very inspiring.

~tati~

Tavi said...

POOP, I've had that picture saved for months and thought it was Penn! *feels stupid and pretentious*

ElasticHeart said...

These are lovely. Can't choose a favorite. Thanks for the inspiring post, Tavi!

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Faux Naif said...

so, so beautiful. i love the simplicity and the elegance of his pictures, their stark contrasts and their subversive natures. absolutely gorgeous.

Isabel said...

Thanks be to Irving Penn, for capturing Kate Moss' hot body on film.

Nikita said...

Haha don't feel stupid and pretentious, there is a similar aesthetic. Beautiful collection of portraits that really capture the souls. He will be missed for sure.

Justin said...

It's so sad that he died this morning. May he rest in peace.

lambertgo said...

This is a beautiful collection of photographs, they all balance each other out.

Chloe said...

I love Irving Penn, especially that last shot with the Balenciaga dress. Just insane.

Here are three are my absolute favorites by him:

1. Truman Capote

2. Diane Von Furstenberg

3. Pablo Picasso

The Picasso one especially- there is just so much expression in those gentle, old eyes.

Mário Araujo said...

irving was the best - love him...

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xoxo

Polly Farthing said...

Amazing pictures. Fantastic

Polly x

Signe said...

love the first one!

isabella said...

so beautiful

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Emilie said...

Amazing pictures.

Visual Culture said...

ill stuf ..d you know f.woodman or i.ionesco ?

Daisy said...

Very fantastic !

michelle said...

*sigh* :(

Juliann Wilding said...

great tribute

Karin said...

oh my... tavi!! i love your blog! hate saying "love" about things but it and YOU are amazing!!! i´m from sweden and love (again) irving penn<3<3<3 xxx

ellestocked said...

kate moss is SO beautiful! whenever i wonder why models get paid the big bucks, i just do a quick google on kate and then i totally get it.

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sofiasophie said...

I like his work because he shots with "tenderness"....

Marlboro Martini said...

Ok then.

MM x

Bandit said...

When i first sow his pictures i didn't know that he was famous photographer but i know exactly that he is one of my favorite photographers...

andrea said...

capturing beauty a million ways....

Chloë said...

The pic with the children is amazing!

Roz said...

He was truly one of the greats.
Him, Cecil Beaton and Richard Avedon werethree of the most exraordinary photographers!
I love the glamour, but also the intimacy in his photos.
Each one alnost seems like a scene from a play or stage.
I think photographers such as these are so inspiring, thats one of the reasons I love photography so much.
Personal favourite here is the last one. Stunning. Great choice!
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Fashion and Beauty Now said...

Irving Forever ;)

Brendiva said...

WOw thank you for sharing. Im learning so much from your blog!

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RedPoppy said...

Beautiful tribute

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Isabelle said...

I love that article about the star-wars fashion in that really ancient vogue from like 1990.

J & L said...

Love the last one of Mrs. Penn. They did some really great work together.

RIP PENN

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Renee Clayton said...

I thought you would appreciate this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mjonrqYtyY

and this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAAFMKWHfAY

No seriously, watch the second one especially.

Andreaaahey said...

Oh, beautiful. The moment i heard about his passing I had to look at his images to be reminded of his beautiful work.

Leah said...

I love the last one! The texture is amazing. And the quote. Great! Tavi you are effective :)

(always)alanna said...

amazinggg!
p.s. theres an irving penn exhibit going down in cali soon if you're interested
xx

Daniel said...

LORD. what a genius.

yvette said...

FYI - The third picture features Assaro mudmen from PNG.

Evelyn Rose said...

He was absolutely amazing. True genius. X

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Lesley said...

oh Irving. such an eye he had.

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