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Irving Penn

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Paige Curran

on 19 February 2015

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Irving Penn
Style of Photography

Irving Penn's style of photography was focused on fashion photography, still life, and portraits.
Penn often uses the rule of thirds by having the focus of the image off centered. He also uses contrast in photographs by making the emphasis a bright and bold colour in some of his fashion pieces and most of his still life. Penn used the element of value in most of his portraits and fashion photos by uses dark blacks and light greys in contrast. Penn also uses the element of shape and form in his fashion photos using lighting to bring out the quality he wishes to emphasize. He finally uses the principle of movement by his action shots in his portraits and fashion photography
Sources of Employment
Irving Penn has worked for Vogue, Issey Miyake, and Clinique
Early Life
On June 16th, 1917, Irving Penn was born in Plainfield, New Jersey. He goes by the name his parents, Harry Penn and Sonia Greenberg, gave him. Penn passed away in his apartment in Manhattan at the age of 92 on October 7th, 2009.
Presented By Paige Curran
Camera's and Equipment
At the beginning of Penn's career, he used a 35mm Leica camera. He often used interchanging lenses and his favourite was the telophoto lens. In the 1950's he changed from Leica systems to Nikon. He liked the various adjustments that were available in this system.
Penn most primarily used Frensel stage lights this is because it sheds even light and it blends well with edges giving the photographs a smooth stage coverage
Early Influences
Some of Irving Penn's early influences were Alexey Brodovitch. He was Penn's graphics, painting and industrial arts teacher. He was the first to publish any of Penn's drawings.

Alexander Liberman influenced Irving to start photograpy because he saw talent. This suggestion influenced Penn's entire career.
Interesting Stories
When Irving Penn began his career, he was a painter and artist. He later realized that he was only ever going to be a mediocre artist so he had to find a deeper calling. He was offered a photography job by vogue in the 1940's and this started his career in photography
Irving Penn's most famous quote is "A good photograph is one that communicates a fact, touches the heart, leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it. It is, in a word, effective."

Penn often times emphasizes or leaves imperfections such as freckles or skin discoloration because he sees the authenticity and uniqueness in them

Personal Opinions
I love Penn's sytle of photography because I think the lighting and angles of shots is very pretty and I like the classic feel he incorporates in his photographs. I also like how he specializes in three different types of photography because it shows the versatility in his work. I love how he leaves freckles and discolorations in his photos because it makes the photograph look natural. I also find his work more interesting because he failed in his first career than recovered and made a name for himself.
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