asylum-art-2: Irving Penn: Masks Irving Penn was an American photographer known for his fashion photography, portraits, and still lifes. Penn’s career included work at Vogue magazine, and independent advertising work for clients including Issey Miyake and Clinique. Born: June 16, 1917, Plainfield, New Jersey, United States Died: October 7, 2009, New York City, New York, United States
:: Irving Penn - Flowers, Penn had an interest in the graver side of life and would often record the impending prospect of death. This subject is evident in Cranium Architecture, Vanitas, his works containing rotting fruit, and also in Flowers. As Penn documents the beauty and patterns within the cut flowers, he is also viewing them slowly break down and wilt.