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    Sale 2113

    Photographs From The Collection Of Gert Elfering

    10 April 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 76

    IRVING PENN (B. 1917)

    Igor Stravinsky, New York, April 22 1948

    Price Realised  

    IRVING PENN (B. 1917)
    Igor Stravinsky, New York, April 22 1948
    gelatin silver print, printed 1984
    signed, titled, dated, 'Penn/Condé Nast' copyright credit, reproduction limitation and edition stamps (on the verso); from an edition of 25
    9½ x 7½in. (24 x 19cm.)


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    'Sometime in 1948 I began photographing portraits in a small corner space made of two studio flats pushed together, the floor covered with a piece of old carpeting. A very rich series of pictures resulted.

    This confinement, surprisingly, seemed to comfort people, soothing them. The walls were a surface to lean on or push against. For me the picture possibilities were interesting: limiting the subjects' movement seemed to relieve me of part of the problem of holding on to them.'
    Irving Penn (Passage, Jonathan Cape, 1991, p. 50)

    'A small, charming, finicky man, he came to be photographed wearing brand-new shoes, assumed this listening attitude when he was asked to imagine that there was a mouse across the room.'
    Irving Penn (Moments Preserved, p. 139)

    Provenance

    Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York


    Literature

    Penn, Moments Preserved, Simon and Schuster, 1960, p. 138;
    Penn, Passage: A Work Record, Jonathan Cape, 1991, p. 55.