Penn’s un­ques­tion­able mas­tery

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The most com­pre­hen­sive ret­ro­spec­tive of the work of the great Amer­i­can pho­tog­ra­pher Irv­ing Penn (1917–2009) is show­ing at the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Mu­seum of Art in New York. The ex­hi­bi­tion marks the 100th an­niver­sary of the artist’s birth. In the course of a ca­reer span­ning nearly 70 years, Penn mas­tered a pared-down form of stu­dio pho­tog­ra­phy that is dis­tin­guished by its metic­u­lous at­ten­tion to com­po­si­tion, nu­ance and de­tail. The col­lec­tion in­cludes fash­ion stud­ies of Lisa Fon­ssagrives, the artist's wife; still-life com­po­si­tions; por­traits of ur­ban labour­ers; fe­male nudes; tribes­men in New Guinea; and stud­ies of flow­ers in colour. The artist’s much-loved por­traits of Tru­man Capote, Pi­casso, Co­lette, Ing­mar Bergman and Issey Miyake are also on show.


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