Notebook at Random by Irving Penn
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Notebook at Random
By Irving Penn

A Notebook at Random

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Notebook at Random by Irving Penn

Book Description

From his very first photograph, made on assignment for Vogue in 1943, to startlingly fresh images that he continues to make for that magazine today at age 87, Irving Penn again and again shows an uncanny ability to surprise the world with his art. Far from a typical career retrospective, A NOTEBOOK AT RANDOM is a revelation. Included here are some of Penn's signature images, along with the rough sketches and line drawings that provide a window into ideas and images in the making. The book is populated with artists, writers, and models whose lives intersected with Penn's: Picasso looks out at us with that timeless intensity that characterizes an Irving Penn portrait. Many of the photographs are alternate poses or torn test fragments, pages from his personal 'notebook'; some are newer-found discoveries, including a previously unpublished portrait of Truman Capote. Some of the most striking pages in this 'notebook' reproduce Penn's painted photographs and mixed-media works, images so layered and exquisitely constructed that they resemble Cubist assemblages. With brief text excerpts and notations from Penn throughout, this is the most intimate and arresting book yet from one of the most admired artists of our time.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780821261927
ISBN-10: 0821261924
Format: Hardback
(322mm x 243mm x 22mm)
Pages: 128
Imprint: Little, Brown & Company
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Publish Date: 2-Dec-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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Earthly Bodies by Irving Penn Earthly Bodies, Hardback (April 2002)

A departure from Irving Penn's fashion and editorial work for the pages of "Vogue", this virtually unknown collection depicts the unfettered form of the female nude.

Still Life by Irving Penn Still Life, Hardback (September 2001)

This volume presents Irving Penn's elegant and innovative still life photographs taken over six decades. From his innovative work for "Vogue" to the harsher personal work of his later years, his work has a wit, simplicity and edginess that sets it apart.

Irving Penn by Irving Penn Irving Penn, Hardback (May 1998)

Trained as an artist, Irving Penn began photographing for "Vogue" in the 1940s and went on to become an accomplished and versatile image-maker. This retrospective showcases 90 images traversing the span of his career, accompanied by reflections and remembrances by those who worked with Penn.

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Author Biography - Irving Penn

Irving Penn was born in 1917. He studied design with Alexey Brodovitch at the Philadelphia Museum School of Art and, in 1943, produced his first color photograph, a still life for the cover of Vogue. In a career of more than sixty years, he has made an extensive and influential body of work in portraiture, fashion, and still life.

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