Worlds in a Small Room


By Irving Penn.

A beautiful book and – in our opinion – Irving Penn’s best. On assignment for Vogue in the 50s and 60s, Penn travelled the world as an “ambulant studio photographer”, renting storage buildings and barns, converting them into daylight studios and photographing the ¾ scale Quechua people of Cuzco, the gypsies of Extramadura and the Hells Angels in San Fran. In more remote areas like Nepal, New Guinea, and Morocco he set up makeshift tent studios. Every set was the traditional-style portrait photographer’s studio, its neutral backdrop allowing Penn to remove his subjects from their “natural circumstances” and all the noise of the outside world. The results are powerful, evocative and strangely moving.

Publication date: 1974

Publisher: Grossman / Viking

Details: Hardcover with dust jacket. 1st Edition. 95p

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