Penn, in his passion to record the human condition, has travelled the world, has photographed with an obsessive fervor the guises in which men live out their lives.
Penn, Worlds in a Small Room, Grossman, 1974, p. 65; Irving Penn photographs in platinum metals - images 1947-1975, Marlborough Fine Art Ltd, 1977, cat. no. 114; Szarkowski, Irving Penn, The Museum of Modern Art, 1984, pl. 108; Penn, Passage: A Work Record, Alfred A. Knopf Callaway, 1991, p. 193; Westerbeck, ed., Irving Penn: A Career in Photography, Art Institute of Chicago Little, Brown and Co., 1997, pl. 31, cat. no. 109, p. 80; Greenough, Irving Penn: Platinum Prints, National Gallery of Art Yale University Press, 2005, pl. 55
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'Makehuku men from the village of Mandow near Goroka, known generally as the mud men of Asaro. They wear grey mud masks sculptured over cane frames; the masks recall a battle in which their remote ancestors, driven into a river by an enemy tribe, emerged mud-covered. Their attackers, thinking them evil spirits, turned and ran.'
Irving Penn (Worlds in a Small Room, p. 64)