Therefore it only seemed fair returning to the Grand Palais to join a guided tour and pay tribute to one of the greatest fashion photographers of the 20th century, Irving Penn.
The exhibition looked back over this remarkable man’s 70-year career, with more than 235 photographic prints, all produced by the artist himself, as well as a selection of his drawings and paintings. Thanks to our thorough French guide from "Les Mots et les Arts" - expert in contemporary art - we took in a comprehensive vision of the wide range of genres Irving Penn worked in: fashion, still life, portraits, nudes, beauty, cigarettes and even debris.
A photographer who states that Photographing a cake can be art can only be brilliant and fascinating in my book.
As usual it is pouring ... making my way to the exhibition
My absolute favourite venue for exhibits in Paris: Le Grand Palais
Feeling inspired to create a similar still life with my Thanksgiving ingredients tonight!
How many times can you be on the cover of Vogue?
Forever Christian Dior
Dorian Leigh, New York, 1949
One of Irving Penn's most renowned shots:
Girl with Tobacco on Tongue (Mary Jane Russell), 1951
A group shot of the Top Models of 1949
A photographic study of the Small Trades: Le Chef
America, Inc, a fascinating article written by Gerald W. Johnson
Recognize this young man?
A fashion designer who recently inaugurated a museum in Marrakech?
Who's hiding in the shadows?
Spain's most famous painter.
Irving Penn's used the same simple backdrop for all these photographs: a theatre curtain he’d found in Paris that he then kept in his studio – on display in the exhibition. Astonishing and moving!
The man's best friend
My interpretation of his photograph.