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Fashion, Celebrity Photographer Irving Penn Dies at 92

October 9, 2009

In this 1960s image released by the Irving Penn Studio, photographer Irving Penn is shown. (AP Photo/Irving Penn Studio, Inc., Bert Stern)
By: Verena Dobnik, Associated Press Writer

NEW YORK, NY (AP).- Irving Penn, whose photographs revealed a taste for stark simplicity whether he was shooting celebrity portraits, fashion, still life or remote places of the world, died Wednesday at his Manhattan home. He was 92. The death was announced by his photo assistant, Roger Krueger. Penn, who constantly explored the photographic medium and its boundaries, typically preferred to isolate his subjects — from fashion models to Aborigine tribesmen — from their natural settings to photograph them in a studio against a stark background. He believed the studio could most closely capture their true natures. Between 1964 and 1971, … More

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