Irving Penn

Irving Penn.

Flowers Irving Penn

(Harmony, 1980)

Penn started photographing flowers for the Christmas edition of American Vogue in 1967 and continued to explore the genre for 40 years. His apparent simplistic compositions are void of sentimentality and focus on the detail, form and wonder of each specimen. The images in this title are sumptuously printed, illustrating the objective study in every minute detail. Penn’s preference for blooms, passed the point of perfection, hints at their mortality whilst celebrating each flower’s sensual beauty.

“I myself have always stood in awe of the camera. I recognize it for the instrument it is, part Stradivarius, part scalpel.” -Irving Penn

 

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