If you haven’t had the opportunity I suggest making time to view the Irving Penn Centennial at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The show encompasses his entire seventy year career and his fascination in photography to discover the beauty that exists in everything.
Irving was gifted with a skilled eye and the magical ability to capture the unforgettable essence and spirit of those he portrayed. The presentation represents all of his artistic pursuits including The Flower Studies, Cigarette Series, and recognized portraits of a diverse group of models ranging from tribal cultures to iconic celebrity types and everything in-between. Notably, highly regarded as the fashion shutterbug for all his unprecedented work that included the studies of Lisa Fonssagrives his wife of forty years.
A truly fortunate man to have a career doing what he loved that in-turn gave him a lifetime of joy professionally and personally. With only two weeks to spare, I included a glimpse of the show and a synopsis from the WSJ written by Lesley M.M. Blume. Hopefully the piece will inspire a visit to experience his visionary journey firsthand to view his talent to seize a moment through a lens with a beautiful perspective.