Irving Penn (1917 to 2009)
Famed fashion photographer Irving Penn died yesterday at the age of 92.
Penn produced some of the most iconographic images of the ’50s and ’60s fashion. His cool, impeccably composed photographs were the perfect complement for the elegant looks of mid-century designers like Balenciagaand Rochas.
He also worked with some of the most glamorous models ever. Pictured above, Twelve of the Most Photographed Models of the Period, 1947, including (left to right) Meg Mundy, Marilyn Ambrose, Helen Bennett, Dana Jenney, Betty McLauchlen (on ladder), his future wife, Lisa Fonssagrives, Lily Carlson, Dorian Leigh (on floor), Andrea Johnson (seated), Elisabeth Gibbons, Muriel Maxwell (in black) and Kay Hernan). And lest we forget, he also made amazing portraits of entertainers, politicians, Peruvian children and Hell’s Angels.
Penn never stopped working. In March 2008, Christies auctioned his portrait of a nude Gisele Bundchen for $193,000USD. And to show just how lasting Penn’s influence is, here is the May 2007 cover of Vogue.