Irving Penn : Centennial - the exhibition catalogue from The Metropolitan Museum of Art/ Grand Palais, Paris available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Irving Penn : Centennial

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'This stunning catalogue to the Met's centennial exhibition draws out art historical connections within Penn's authoritative, meticulously composed, nuanced oeuvre' - The FT

A comprehensive survey of the work of the revered American photographer, Irving Penn.

This book features one of the largest selections of Penn's photographs ever compiled, spanning the entirety of his career and including famous and beloved images as well as works that have never been published.

An introduction situates his work in the context of the various artistic, social, and political environments and events that affected the content of his photographs. Lively essays acquaint readers with Penn's primary subjects and campaigns, including his early documentary scenes and imagery; portraits; and studies of the peoples of Peru, Dahomey (Benin), New Guinea, and Morocco and much more.  Each essay is illustrated with some 20 plates or so mostly printed one to a page.

One of the FT's Art Books of the Year (2017).

Details
  • Author: Jeff L. Rosenheim is curator in charge of the Department of Photographs at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
  • Hardcover: 376 pages
  • Date published: April 2017
  • Language: English
  • Delivery: Allow 1-2 weeks
  • ISBN: 978-1588396181
  • Product Dimensions: 31.0 x 26.0 cm
Reviews

'retraces a brilliant, productive career of nearly 70 years, revealing the unwavering consistency of a vision fixed on form and beauty in their many guises' - New York Times

'This stunning catalogue to the Met's centennial exhibition draws out art historical connections within Penn's authoritative, meticulously composed, nuanced oeuvre. This is a vivid social chronicle too, reflecting Penn's long working life as a fashion photographer and portraitist, from the 1940s - Salvador Dali, Igor Stravinsky, Le Corbusier in New York - to 2009'. - The FT

'Vast and insightful volume [...] one of the finest photography books of recent years' - Art Agency Partners

'Record of another stunning Met show this year, celebrating the centenary of the birth of the photographer whose meticulous composition and attention to sculptural form, volume and shadow transformed fashion shots and our conception of beauty, and whose joyful, penetrating portraits — Picasso, Dalí, Stravinsky — defined an era' - FT