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Photographer Irving Penn dies at age 92

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One of the most respected and widely-published photographers of his era has died. KPCC’s Cheryl Devall has more on the life and work of Irving Penn, including an current exhibit of his photos on display at the Getty Center through January 10th.

There’s a certain kind of photograph that appears in vintage issues of Vogue magazine. Cool, minimal, unadorned with any detail except the features of the model and the designer creation she’s wearing. Irving Penn created many of those photos.

Starting in the early 1940s, his work graced the pages of high-fashion journals and news magazines. Penn, the older brother of Bonnie and Clyde director Arthur Penn, was 92 years old when he died at his home in Manhattan.

Irving Penn wasn’t just about fashion photography. Last month, L.A.’s Getty Center opened an exhibit of more than 250 images that depict working men and women of London, New York, and Paris, posed with the tools of their trades. Penn shot the portraits in 1950 and 1951. The museum acquired those photographs last year.