Seeing Irving Penn‘s works face-to-face, eye-to-eye, is an experience I will never forget. I find his photography so deep, so sharp, yet so refined. With a body of work stretching from portraits of Truman Capote, Marlene Dietrich, Pablo Picasso, and Alfred Hitchcock to abstract nudes, exquisite still lifes (my all-time favourites!), studies of flowers and cigarettes, portraits of children in Peruvian dress, New Guinean natives, all the way to the glamorous shots of Balenciaga and Dior dresses for Vogue, Penn is considered the most influential photographer of the twentieth century. C/O Berlin is commemorating the exceptional persona with a major retrospective on the centenary of his birth. Featuring around 240 works, the retrospective was organized by, yes, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in collaboration with The Irving Penn Foundation.
Irving Penn Centennial (until 01.07.2018) / C/O Berlin Hardenbergstraße 22-24
All photos (of Penn’s works) by Edward Kanarecki.