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Still Life: Irving Penn Photographs 1938-2000 Hardcover – 10 Sep 2001


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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson; First Edition edition (10 Sep 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500542481
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500542484
  • Product Dimensions: 28.8 x 27.2 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,164,969 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In a career of more than sixty years, Irving Penn has created an extensive and influential body of work in portraiture, fashion and still life. John Szarkowski is Director Emeritus of the Department of Photography, The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Among his many books is a collection of his own photographs, the classic The Idea of Louis Sullivan, also published by Thames & Hudson.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Aug 2003
Format: Hardcover
I wasn't really familiar with Irving Penn's photographs but his name kept cropping up in various places and I wanted to see some of his work. I couldn't find anything on him in local bookshops so I ended up buying this title from Amazon based on the cover photo alone... I wasn't disappointed.
I don't think that I had ever really believed that still life would work in photography until I discovered this book. Penn's imagery is always vigorous and captivating, and you will probably find yourself spending many hours enjoying his photographs, returning to particular images again and again.
I really enjoy the way that Penn's commercial work is juxtaposed with his personal projects that are often quite dark in subject or intention. The fact that Penn himself has overseen the creation of this book is obvious from the books excellent presentation.
So if you think the cover of this book is fantastic then buy it; you may well discover that still life can be more stimulating that much of the documentary, fashion or other common forms of photography that is out there and turned into books.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Goff on 27 Feb 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The still life photographs taken in the studio are great.
But the street rubbish is, well, rubbish.
Too expensive for the cocktail of good and bad.
Pity, because Irving Penn is on of my most admired photographers.
Which is why I decided to take a risk and buy the book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
More for the Canon 30 Aug 2001
By Geoffrey P. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A great achievement by the publishers, Little Brown, who are demonstrating committment to Penn's work with terrific reproductions and presentations of his work in this and the previous book devoted to the photographer's collaborations with Issey Miyake. Penn's still life work is an intriguing mixture of idiosyncatic, almost hermetic 'personal' photographs and his magazine work, mostly for Vogue. The range of subjects in the former category is diverse, from street trash to minimalist steel block constructions to animal skulls. The latter is similarly diverse, within the confines of the editorial demands of a glossy magazine. Stated simply, no-one does it better. When Penn trains his mind and eyes on a subject, it is made uniquely his own. These are works to ponder, not only because of their formal beauty, but also for the larger implications of people, objects and their inherent transience. John Szarkowski contributes his usual eloquent and generous prose in this very desirable book. Highly recommended for fans of Irving Penn and fine photography, old and new.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
This is good but nothing new 10 Oct 2001
By Ron Cowie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Irving Penn is a great photographer and these images are wonderful. If you own other Irving Penn books, you probably have seen most of these. There's nothing wrong with mining old images and putting them in a book, but this is getting a little crazy.
Great images but if you have his other books, save you're money. If you want, you can buy me presents if the stuff is burning a hole in your pocket.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Classic Penn 10 Jun 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Irving Penn has been making still life photographs for many decades, and this collection is a good representation of his work. Elegant black and white compositions of the 1940s, detailed groupings since the 1980s, and his in-your-face color that we see frequently in Vogue today, there is some of everything. My only complaint is this: I would like to see more of his ads for Clinique. Only two are reproduced here. There are hundreds more, and most are more interesting that the two selected for this book.
yes very pleased 30 April 2014
By Jose L. Fuentes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The book was really inspiring and, I have been wanting to have it for quite a bit nice present .
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