Photography by Irving Penn has enlightened and enchanted us all for many years. His diverse spectrum of work dips into the ocean of humanity at every beach he visited. Over fifty years as a headline image creator for Vogue helped Irving Penn to become a source of simulacra and casual spin-off all over the world. Being able to engage audiences with fascinating and unusual images that often are within anyone's reach, shows how the mind of a creative can find opportunities for novel design in almost any situation.
As of the 8th of January, the Pace Gallery in New York is exhibiting a range of curated images from The Penn Collection to be displayed alongside various archive material and preliminary sketches. Opening the world of Irving Penn out for intrigue and spectatorship can help others to truly feel the level of masterful quality that being a world-leading artist entails. Known for being completely applied to his work, his subjects were studied and philosophised as the ideas came into being. Whether the photograph was to be a place, a man, a woman, a child, or an object, the motivation and message was formulated with expert care.
Irving Penn's technical and involved method of working is how he defined the term photographism. In a way he was suggesting that the art of taking photographs extends into many other areas of study which all collaborate and compliment each other when designing the shot. What we communicate with our art depends on how other people see the world, they will witness our ideas through the lens of their own. By being so enveloped in the art-form, it's possible to make use of the maps of meaning laid out by consensus and culture.
Photographism runs from January 8th to February 13th at Pace Gallery, New York.
Irving Penn Foundation
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