I have recently been lucky enough to go and see an exhibit of Penns in New York. Penn on assignment at the PaceMcgill Gallery. It was interesting to also read how Penn would spend days on a fashion piece trying to ensure it was completely original sometimes a little surprising. For example there is the image of a wasp on a pair of freshly pressed with lipstick models lips. A cream poured over a models head. Along with other contemporary fashion shots where particularly Penns use of light is very distinctive.
Penns travel pieces and portraits always trying to tell us something.
One piece which stuck out to me was “The hand of Miles Davis” these pieces of a hand where we can see every crease and line in this hand. The light alone in the image attracts you and it is the first piece that you see as you enter the gallery a prelude to what is to follow. The images are displayed simply and categorically on the walls as the pictures speak for themselves. Most images are printed on Gelatin Silver print.
I was researching Irving Penn of which he has a great selection of the most amazing portraits trying to understand the light. This picture initially caught my attention for its amazing light and the freckles on this models face. However it is the reflection in the eyes which held my attention. The light which goes down the nose and sits on her lips also makes me continue to look at this image.
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