The orig­i­nal

Amateur Photographer - - Technique -

This iconic por­trait of Mary Jane Rus­sell was taken for Vogue in 1951. Penn was US Vogue’s long­est-stand­ing pho­tog­ra­pher and shot 165 cov­ers dur­ing the 66 years he con­trib­uted to the mag­a­zine. He was known for metic­u­lous de­tail and how he posed sub­jects in an ab­stract jux­ta­po­si­tion against neu­tral back­drops.

In the orig­i­nal, Rus­sell posed in a la­dy­like fash­ion, while re­peat­edly flick­ing a bit of cig­a­rette to­bacco off her tongue. Penn said, ‘She brought to her pos­ing as a model, con­cen­tra­tion and ten­der­ness, rare in the fash­ion medium to­day.’

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