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Sunday, October 18, 2009

End of an Era

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The death of Irving Penn marks the end of the era of seminal midcentury fashion photographers, according to a fantastic Los Angeles Times story by Emili Vesilind in today's Image section.

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Emili writes:  "Penn, along with Richard Avedon, who died in 2004, practically invented modern fashion photography -- a place where art meets commerce -- in the mid-20th century."

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The influence of both photographers -- and a group of mavericks who followed -- figures prominently on the pages of fashion magazines and books to this day.
{More details here in Emili's story}

{Also, an LAT slideshow of Penn photos here}

I hope you're having a lovely Sunday.  I'm reading the Sunday papers and sipping chai tea. Very relaxing.

Next, I have to do the laundry. Sigh. Another laundry crisis...
xo


(Photo credits: top and bottom photos by Avedon, middle photo by Penn.)

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8 Comments:

Blogger Caroline said...

Perfect capture of the detail on that sleeve in the middle photo, while still evoking the glamour of such a dramatic piece. I think too often now fashion photography becomes more about the model and/or the setting than the clothing itself. I've seen many editorials in which you can barely make out any detail of the garments at all.

October 18, 2009 at 4:19 PM  
Blogger Louis Duke said...

Wow. We keep losing the best. Their work looks fonomonal. I like this post! :)

October 18, 2009 at 4:38 PM  
Blogger AVY said...

Great pictures, there is so much life in them.

October 18, 2009 at 4:47 PM  
Blogger vanessa joie said...

Gorgeous post. I'm up to my eyeballs in laundry.

October 18, 2009 at 7:56 PM  
Blogger LENORENEVERMORE said...

Art & commerce is hard to mingle most of the times...but when they do, it's simply gloriousss...even magical! Have a fabulous week Tina darling! xo*

October 19, 2009 at 2:17 AM  
Blogger NodtoMod Vintage said...

the pictures are classic beautiful. i hope you had a great sunday...mine was a laundry filled day as well!

October 19, 2009 at 6:35 AM  
Blogger TheBeautyFile said...

They're both incredible. I visited the ICP in NY a few months ago for the Avedon exhibit. I'm so smitten by his work....looking at it makes me feel like I'm taking a "History of Modern Couture" class...the glamour, oh the glamour!

October 19, 2009 at 7:38 AM  
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