04 May 2010

irving penn in flower

the late great irving penn is widely celebrated for his portraits and for his mastery of photography full stop.  what i did not know is that he also did a series of flower studies between 1967 and 2006.  i don't know much about photography but i do know that these photographs stopped me in my tracks -- the rawness and simplicity, the use of light, the clarity and detail.  wow. {images from here}

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