Irving Penn (June 16, 1917 – October 7, 2009). Irving Penn is his real name. Penn was born to a Russian Jewish family on June 16, 1917 in Plainfield, New Jersey, to Harry Penn and Sonia Greenberg.
Photography: Best known for his fashion photography, Penn's works also includes portraits, and still lifes.
He poses subjects against a simple grey or white backdrop and he effectively used this simplicity. Penn's still life compositions are sparse and highly organized, assemblages of food or objects that articulate the abstract interplay of line and volume. Penn's photographs are composed with a great attention to detail, which continues into his craft of developing and making prints of his photographs.
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.
He using a variety of cameras, techniques, and printing processes to capture his impeccably composed photographs. A 35mm camera, photographic enlargers and modified fresnel stage lights—to achieve particular visual results in his photographs.
Penn met Swedish fashion model Lisa Fonssagrives at a photoshoot in 1947. In 1950, the two married at Chelsea Register Office, and two years later Lisa gave birth to their son, Tom Penn, who would go on to become a metal designer.