Inventive Paris Clothes 1909--1939. A Photographic Essay by Irving Penn. With Text by Diana Vreeland. A Studio Book, The Viking Press, New York, 1977. 95 pp. Squarish quarto. First edition. SIGNED on front free-endpaper. Clothbound in photo-illustrated dustjacket. Black-and-white reproductions printed by Rapoport using their Stonetone process.
Fine-/Near Fine+ in Fine-/Near Fine+ jacket; slight imperfection crown and base of spine; typical tanning to jacket, with a bit of shelf wear to rear panel; embossed personal library stamp on title page.
Earthly Bodies. Irving Penn's Nudes, 1949-1950. Text by Maria Morris Hambourg. Designed by Bruce Campbell. Digital photography and tritone separations by Martin Senn. Metropolitan Museum of Art/Bulfinch/Little, Brown and Co., Boston, NY/London, 2002. 95 pp. Square quarto. First edition. INSCRIBED on half-title page. Clothbound in photo-illustrated dust jacket. Tritone reproductions.
By the end of the 1940s, the young Irving Penn had already made a name for himself photographing for the top ladies' fashion magazines of the day. During 1949-50, in his spare time, Penn made arrangements to photograph several female artist's models in the nude. In the words of Maria Morris Hambourg, "The women Penn chose and the ways he viewed them produced nudes that were highly unorthodox by mid-twentieth-century standards: folded, twisted, and stretched, with extra belly, mounded hips, and puddled breasts, their fleshy torsos are sisters of Titian's and Rubens' Venus, while their mother in prodigality is the archaic fertility idol."
A sumptuously printed exhibition cataloge documenting a crucial body of work that was seldom seen at the time of its publication.
Irving Penn (Photographs: A Donation in Memory of Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn). Texts by Ulf Hard Af Segerstad and Jan-Erik Lundström (in Swedish and English), Moderna Museet/Raster Förlag, Stockholm, 1996. 272 pages. Large quarto. SIGNED on title page. Clothbound in printed dust jacket. 90 tritone and 10 color reproductions.
A magnificent catalogue of the photographs Penn donated to Stockholm's Moderna Museet in memory of his wife, model Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn. The photographs range from the world of fashion to the nomads of Morocco, from urban elegance to discarded cigarette butts. At Penn's request, the book was published in one printing only. An essential Penn retrospective monograph.
Issey Miyake. Photographs by Irving Penn. Edited by Nicholas Callaway. Foreword by Isamu Noguchi. Appreciation by Irving Penn. Essay by Jay Cocks. A few words by Issey Miyake. New York Graphic Society/Little, Brown and Co. in association with Callaway Editions, Boston/New York, 1988. Unpaged. Tall quarto. First edition. SIGNED on title page. Hardbound in photo-illustrated dust jacket. 46 color reproductions.
Visions of the 80s!! Long associated with each other's work, Penn's photographs and Miyake's designs have been mutually influential. This superbly printed collection presents the highlights of both.
"Here was a young American who seemed unspoiled by European mannerisms or culture. I remember he wore sneakers and no tie. I was struck by his directness and a curious unworldliness, a clarity of purpose, and a freedom of decision. What I call Penn’s American instincts made him go for the essentials."--Vogue Art Director Alexander Liberman, quoted in Andy Grundberg's NY Times obituary, October 8, 2009