I was so saddened to hear of Irving Penn's death today. Penn's photography, starting with the extraordinary photos for Vogue under the leadership of another hero of mine, Alexander Liberman (daughter Francine, Alex, and wife Tatiana in top photo) and going through the celebrity portraits, the wonderful studies of everyday objects, the "portraits" of other cultures, etc, his work is exhilarating because it is so different and apart from what we expect. HIs career retrospective, Passages, has been on my must-have list for years. It's time. Looking at his pictures made me feel like I knew him and I'm sorry that he's gone but he left a brilliant body of work that will inspire me for the rest of my life.
Friday, October 9