Wednesday, October 07, 2009
In 1999, my grandfather gave me a signed copy of a catalog of Issey Miyake with photographs by Irving Penn. The enclosed note reads:" Dear Allie, Penn in my opinion, is the greatest of the fashion photographers and perhaps one of the real Greats of the 20th century. Stanley" In 2000, my mom and I saw a show of Penn's work in at the MFAH. Seeing his prints in person and in mass made my grandfather's words very clear. Penn could fill a frame like nobody's business. From high end fashion to New Guinea mud men, Penn put them at ease. I especially love the body language in his portrait of poet, set designer & artist Jean Cocteau (see above). RIP Irving Penn. Thanks for the inspiration.