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Still Life: Irving Penn Photographs, 1938-2000 
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144 pages 
Published 2001 
From Publishers Weekly 
From early, career-establishing Vogue magazine work like The Spilled Handbag (Theatre Accident) of 1947 through his images of bones and other detritus (Bone Landscape, 1980) to his recent pictures of cuttlefish, Irving Penn has masterfully evinced the secret lives of objects. Ninety-eight of Penn's greatest images (45 color, 50 tritone, 3 duotone) are assembled in Still Life, a publication personally supervised by the artist. Still making funny, strange and lovely editorial photographs for Vogue and other magazines (an ant crawls on a melted Brie; a mannequin gazes out from under a bell jar), Penn also continues to experiment in his personal work: components of traditional still-life paintings like skulls, fish, paintbrushes and dice, for instance, arranged artfully and bizarrely, shot in black and white.  
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.  
From Library Journal 
Penn is notable for gathering things in clumps and patterns and photographing them something he has been doing for 60 years. His boldness and bravado have led to a new notion of what constitutes a still life. This book, introduced by John Szarkowski, director emeritus of the department of photography at MOMA, does a very good job of revealing both Penn's lens and his psyche, which can be off-putting. Yes, it is possible to merge a perfect overhead view of a huge bumblebee and the ... read more  
Book Description 
In photographs taken over the past 60 years, Irving Penn brings his astute and austere eye to the venerable still life tradition. From his innovative ongoing work for the editorial pages of Vogue to the harsher personal work of his later years, which explores the visual intrigue of such inconsequential objects as street trash, bones, and cigarette butts, Penn has created images that have a wit, simplicity, and edginess that set his work apart. Penn has personally overseen every detail of this exquisite book's design and production. Still Life is certain to be one of the most powerful photography books of the new century.

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