“Gingko Leaves (New York, 1990)” fits firmly within the tradition of Irving Penn’s still lives—vibrant, sharp, and artful, with a distinct perfectionistic appeal. Here, a pair of elegant, fan-like gingko leaves are treated with impressive sensitivity, appearing, almost, to embrace one another, their bright green and yellow hues emerging to delight the eye.

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I. Penn, Passage: A Work Record, Alfred A. Knopf/Callaway, 1991, cover
I. Penn, Still Life, Little, Brown and Co., 2001, n.p.

Deeply saturated color print on semi-gloss double-weight paper, trimmed to edges. Minute area of emulsion loss lower edge towards right corner, visible under the closest inspection only.
Please note that Penn does not specifically number his dye-transfer prints within the edition.
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Irving Penn (American, 1917-2009) is one of the most significant fashion, portrait and still life photographers of the past seven decades. Penn studied at the Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Art under Alexey Brodovitch while also working with him at Harper’s Bazaar. In 1943, he shot his first Vogue cover, eventually landing major advertising campaigns and a steady stream of high-profile editorials. Penn was one of the first fashion photographers to pose subjects against a simple grey or white backdrop, a technique that is still influential. He published 11 books and retrospectives of his work have been held at major institutions such The Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Art Institute of Chicago.

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Ginkgo Leaves (New York, 1990), 1990
Lot Number 9
Dye-transfer print
Image/sheet: 22.75 x 19.5 in (57.79 x 49.53 cm)
Edition of 22
Signed, initialed, titled, dated in pencil, Penn/Condé Nast copyright credit reproduction limitation, date, and edition stamps on the verso
Printed 1992

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