Imagine sitting across from some of the most influential names in history including actresses in Hollywood, famous artists, composers and fashion design icons. Photographer Irving Penn was celebrated as one of Vogue magazine’s top photographers for more than sixty years. Now on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Irving Penn: Centennial is a comprehensive exhibition of his work celebrating the centennial of his birth.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10028
The exhibition features a comprehensive retrospective of his work of more than two hundred photographs ranging from works of his wife, Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn to portraits of Truman Capote, Picasso, Alvin Ailey and and Audrey Hepburn to voluptuous nudes, color studies, and photographs of his travels to New Guinea and Morocco.
Walking through the Irving Penn: Centennial exhibition is like taking a walk through time into a golden era. It’s entering a time where grace and high-fashion was full of elegance and more simplistic, yet striking beauty. It’s clear that Penn connected with his subjects on a deeper level that is amazing to experience.
“To me personally, photography is a way to overcome mortality.”
With each image you are drawn into the world of that subject like the moment never passed. Irving Penn certainly left a mark on the world of photography and I hope you are able to experience it before the exhibition closes on July 30!