Irving Penn: A Career in Photography

Irving Penn: A Career in Photography

The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, 1997

Description

In 1995, Irving Penn donated his professional archives to the Art Institute of Chicago, along with a set of prints representing his life’s work. This catalogue accompanied the exhibition of the same name and celebrates Penn’s gift to the museum.

The cover is a revealing example from the archival materials donated. This contact sheet assemblage, Unpublished Variants for the Christmas Cover of Vogue, November 15, 1949, demonstrates Penn’s working process. With its grease pencil markings, the image exposes not only the artist’s material practice but his visual thinking.

Collections: 50 Books/50 Covers of 1997
Discipline: Book design
Format: Book cover

Credits

Design firm
The Art Institute of Chicago
Art director
Sam Silvio
Graphic designer
Sam Silvio
Editor
Colin Westerbeck
Typeface
Futura
Printer
Meridian Printing Co.
Paper
Quintessence
Publishers/clients
The Art Institute of Chicago, Bulfinch Press, Little, Brown and Company
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