The photographer Irving Penn put Marcel Duchamp in a corner, exposed Colette’s forehead and swaddled Rudolf Nureyev’s lithe body in layers of winter clothing. His subjects, who included many of the greatest creative talents of the 20th century, emerged from their portrait sessions with their carefully shaped personas profoundly shaken. Mr. Penn died on Oct. 7, 2009; he was 92.
As one of the 20th century’s most prolific and influential photographers of fashion and the famous, Mr. Penn’s signature blend of classical elegance and cool minimalism was recognizable to magazine readers and museumgoers worldwide.
Vogue: Irving Penn~ http://www.vogue.com/slideshow/photographer/irving-penn/#13264775
Art Institute of Chicago: Irving Penn Archives~ http://www.artic.edu/aic/collections/exhibitions/IrvingPennArchives
Time Magazine: Appreciation –The Photos of Irving Penn~ http://content.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,1929105,00.html