“I CAN GET OBSESSED BY ANYTHING IF I LOOK AT IT LONG ENOUGH. THAT'S THE CURSE OF BEING A PHOTOGRAPHER”: FIRST EDITION OF IRVING PENN’S CLASSIC PHOTOBOOK FLOWERS; INSCCRIBED BY HIM
Item Number: 84689
New York: Harmony Books, 1980.
First edition of this iconic collection of photographs of flowers taken between 1967-1973. Quarto, original beige cloth. Inscribed by the author in the year of publication, “Irving Penn New York 1980” on the half-title page. Contemporary names, near fine in a near fine dust jacket.
Irving Penn was an internationally known American photographer who became popular for his work in fashion photography. He worked at Vogue magazine, and he photographed for Issey Miayke and Clinique. His work serves as an example of excellent photography even today. Irving Penn said befittingly of his work, "[s]ensitive people faced with the prospect of a camera portrait put on a face they think is one they would like to show the world. Very often what lies behind the facade is rare and more wonderful than the subject knows or dares to believe" (1975). His photography is reverently held at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, both of which also hold collections of personal materials that relate to Penn's career.