Irving Penn
Irving Penn was an American photographer who is well known for his portraits, fashion photography and still lifes. His work has ben shown around the world and continues to be an inspiration for many photographers. We discussed Penn a lot in class but I never really did a deep dive in his work. What stands out to me are his portraits, for example the one with Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong. I showed this one first simply because this picture is a big statement. It was 1955, racism was still completely normal. Irving Penn shot a picture of two true artists who are doing what they do best and enjoying it to the fullest. When you look at mister Armstrong you hear his trumpet, when you look at mister Ellington you feel his joy. Penn was truly exceptional, his legacy lives on.