Irvin Penn
Irving Penn - Picture of Self © Condé Nast

As an art lover in general and photography lover in particular, I went to see the exhibition dedicated to Irving Penn at Grand Palais as soon as it started. And guess what. I absolutely loved it.

The installation, looking back over the 70 year career of Irving Penn (yes 70 years!), is organized by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and Réunion des musées nationaux-Grand Palais,  in collaboration with the Irving Penn Foundation, to mark the centenary of the birth of Irving Penn (1917-2009), one of the greatest photographers of the 20th century.The exhibition shows more than 235 photographic prints, all produced by the artist himself.

The exhibition is very rich and is displayed on two floors. There were three sections that I really liked. The one section dedicated to the pictures Irvin Penn made for Vogue magazine; these studies of the 1950 couture collections are just fantastic. I also very much enjoyed the portraits of the big names of the 1950s and 1960s such as Picasso, Jean Cocteau, Marlene Dietrich or Francis Bacon. Finally, I loved Irvin Penn's photographic study of the Small Trades. It was very interesting to see all these people exercising trades which no longer exist.

I would highly recommend the exhibition; I think it's a must-see of this fall.

Grand Palais - Galeries nationales
Clemenceau entrance
3 avenue du Général Eisenhower - 75008 PARIS
Wednesday to Monday, 10am to 8pm (until 10pm on Wednesday) - Closed on Tuesday
The Small Trades
The Small Trades
Theatre curtain found in Paris and used as a backdrop throughout his career
Work for Vogue magazine