I cannot wait to see the extensive centennial celebration exhibit at the Met Museum of photographer Irving Penn’s work which opens April 24th. Penn worked for almost 70 years, many of them for Vogue magazine, and his subjects varied from flowers and cigarette butts, to tribesman in New Guinea, Picasso, Truman Capote and Penn’s elegant wife, model Lisa Fonssagrives. Penn could make the must mundane subjects look monumental, create an almost uneasy intimacy with a famous face, and his fashion photographs–mostly in black and white, remain some of the most iconic out there. This is an exhibit I will visit more than once.
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