Fahey Klein Gallery, Los Angeles
Penn has never changed his first idea of portraiture: he has merely simplified what at first seemed almost irreducibly simple, so that by the late fifties even the anonymous studios disappeared and there remained no environment at all, only a wordless conversation between the photographer and the sitter.
Penn, Moments Preserved, Simon & Schuster, 1960, p. 39, for a variant;
Penn, Passage: A Work Record, Jonathan Cape, 1991, p. 125, for a variant;
Greenough, Irving Penn: Platinum Prints, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., 2005, p. vi & pl. 37, for a variant.