Mein Lieblingsfotograf Irving Penn

Irving Penn ist mein absoluter Lieblingsfotograf und andauerender Quell von Inspriration. Wenn man die Detailverliebtheit und die coole Eleganz der Bilder sieht, erkennt was für ein feines Auge dahintersteckt. Und wohl auch ein starker Charakter.

Kontinuität in der Fotografie

Mich beeindruckt auch die Kontinuität in seiner Arbeit. Autonomie von Moden und Trends ist für mich ein Zeichen von Stärke und gesundem Selbstbewusstsein. Und wahrscheinlich der beste Weg ein Klassiker zu werden. Hier sieht man zwei Fotos, die bestimmt mehrere Jahrzehnte auseinander liegen.

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Repost from @hamiltonsgallery ——— “Our first #ArtistOfTheWeek is Irving Penn. Hamiltons has represented Irving Penn and later his Foundation for thirty years. Penn is one of the most important modern masters of photography, known for his arresting images and masterful printmaking. Although he was celebrated as one of Vogue magazine’s top photographers for more than sixty years, Penn was an intensely private man who avoided the limelight and pursued his work with quiet and relentless dedication. At a time when photography was primarily understood as a means of communication, he approached it with an artist’s eye and expanded the creative potential of the medium, both in his professional and personal work. He inspired future photographers of all genres with his portraits, still lifes and fashion pictures. Today, Mr Penn’s work forms significant parts of the world’s most renowned public and private photography collections. In 2017, the Metropolitan Museum of Art presented ‘Irving Penn: Centennial’, the most comprehensive retrospective to date of the work of Penn which marked the centennial of the artist’s birth. The exhibition followed the 2015 announcement of the landmark promised gift from The Irving Penn Foundation to The Met of more than 150 photographs by Penn. Images: Two Guedras, Morocco, 1971 Woman with Roses on Her Arm, Paris, 1950 Street Photographer, New York, 1951 Cigarette No. 8, New York, 1974 Duchess of Windsor, New York, 1948 All Images: Copyright © The Irving Penn Foundation or Condé Nast” ——— #IrvingPenn #portrait #stilllife

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Penn and I usually sat across from each other at a table when we met to talk about ideas for sittings. As I described a subject, he would often sketch the image that came to him. Sometimes, when I got back to the office, another image would be waiting for me at the fax machine (no iPhones or laptops in those days). Penn had studied art and his drawings were very skillful: the resulting photographs usually looked just like these drawings. We were hoping to have a photo for yet another article about trends in hair color. Penn’s drawing showed two young women sitting at a table, their faces covered by brightly colored hair. They were wearing chic black suits and the long hair was tucked into the neckline. The composition was a nod to one of his black-and-white photos from the 1950s of two women sitting at a table. On the day of the sitting, I brought my rack of black suits. When we did the fitting, the clothes looked good enough, but nothing else seemed right to Penn. He went back into his office to sit and think, head in his hands. While this was going on, the models removed the suits and Orlando Pita, the hairdresser, covered their faces as planned. Then he began to tease and fluff the long hair that was meant to be tucked in. I quietly slipped out of the dressing room to ask Penn to look at what we’d done, without telling him why. He took one look, almost smiled, then asked for the hair to be teased even more, and we were ready. —Phyllis Posnick (@phyllis_posnick), Vogue Contributing Editor ————— Two Hairy Young Women, New York, 1995 © Condé Nast #IrvingPenn #vogue #takeover @voguemagazine

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Inspiration „Made im Apfel“

In einem Artikel, den ich leider nicht mehr finden kann, hat ein Autor oder eine Autorin geschrieben:

Bei Irving Penn sieht man nicht nur den Apfel sondern auch gleich die Made darin.

Unbekannter Autor

Das beschreibt für mich den Kern von Irving Penns Arbeit für sehr gut. Hoch ästhetisch, perfekt und atemberaubend schön und dennoch nahbar und interessant, sauber ohne klinisch zu sein. Das entspricht auch der Art von Portraitfotografie, die ich mit SILBERBLICK um zu setzen versuche.

Inspiration für mich als Fotograf

Für mich ist der Freiraum, den seine Fotos dem Portraitierten geben, über sich selbst zu einem Abbild zu kommen, ein gutes Mittel. Diese Technik, diesen Ansatz verstehe ich gut. Daher bin ich ein Freund von minimalen Mitteln und wenig Einsatz von Photoshop. Allerdings sollte man um diese Leere nicht langweilig wirken zu lassen, schon einige Tiefe in Portraitfotografie erreicht haben.

Wer sich für Fotos von Irving Penn interessiert, geht auf meine Pinwand bei Pinterest und wird dort fündig. Da findet man auch meine Pinwand mit Bildideen, die ich umsetzten möchte.

Vielen Dank für das Lesen bis hierhin.

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