Irving Penn was born June 16th 1917 and died October 7th 2008. Irving Penn was American photographer well known for his fashion photography, portraits and his still files. Penn's career included work at Vogue magazine, and independent advertising work for clients including Issey Miyake and Clinique. His work has been exhibited internationally and continues to inform the art of photography.
Irving's style of photography was fashion photography and portrait photography. Best known for his fashion photography, Penn's repertoire also includes portraits of creative greats; ethnographic photographs from around the world; Modernist still life's of food, bones, bottles, metal, and found objects; and photographic travel essays.
Irving shot fashion photography, He was employed by VOUGE for fashion photography. Irving used Leica and Nikon cameras, 4" x 5" or 8" x 10" Deardoff view cameras, or Rolleiflex or Hasselblad cameras. He also used three different printing techniques to create glossy 'vintage' silver photographs, Platinum/ Palladium works, and Dye Transfer prints.
Irving Penn eventually shifted to a Nikon system after being a long-time user of a Leica. Penn is also known to heavily prefer natural lighting to the point that he had to build himself a set of tungsten lights just to stimulate a skylight in his windowless studio, in other words Irving only liked to use natural lighting.
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.
He worked as a magazine photographer for Vogue and created numerous personal projects. His work forms significant parts of the world's most renowned public and private photography collections.
Personally i like Irving Penn's work, he captures a amazing moment with his camera. I also really enjoy that his photos are in black and white, the simplistic colors make the textures and shadows pop. Penn's work is truly pleasing to the eye, Penn makes photography more interesting because the way he uses his lighting and the subjects he uses for photos just make Penn's photo great.