Irving Penn

Ethnographic

December 8, 2005 – January 21, 2006

Press Release

Irving Penn
Ethnographic
at Fahey/Klein Gallery

For more information or images please contact Elize Mazadiego
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm
Phone:(323) 934-2250 Fax:(323) 934-4243
Email: fahey.klein@pobox.com
www.faheykleingallery.com 
 
December 8 through January 21 - Irving Penn
Opening reception Thursday, December 15, 7-9 pm

This exhibition will highlight the work of celebrated photographer Irving Penn. This show will feature a powerful retrospective on Penn’s ethnographic studies, which illustrate the diversity of this photographer and his work. A stark contrast from his celebrity portraits, these images will draw from the unique images taken from his travels to Peru, Dahomey and New Guinea.

As one of the most significant photographers of the twentieth century, Penn’s work has left an indelible mark in a number of photographic genres including fashion, portraiture, nude and still life, as well as advertising and ethnographic photography.  His color images capture hues in a luscious array of color sensations that virtually come alive.  It is his mastery of the platinum printing process, however, where Penn’s photographs are parallel to no other.  Elizabeth Broun, Director of the National Museum of American Art wrote of Irving Penn, “Those who know Penn’s work only from reproductions in books and magazines will have little idea of the impact of his work in the original; his prints have a monumentality, clarity, and sensitivity to tonality that are uniquely his.”