Legendary fashion photographer Irving Penn died yesterday at the age of 92.
His brother, film director Arthur Penn, delivered the news that the master of fashion photography died in his New York apartment, although the cause of his death has not yet been revealed.
Beginning his career in 1943 by contributing to Vogue magazine, Penn was one of the first photographers to bridge the gap between commercial and art photography with his less-is-more aesthetic.
With a startling sensuality, Penn photographed some of the most famous faces of our time, from a young Marilyn Monroe to icons of today including Kate Moss and Gisele , the results of which have become icons in themselves.
â€œHis approach was never obvious, Phyllis Posnick, who collaborated with Penn at Vogue, told the LA Times. â€œHe would make us go further and dig deeper and look beyond the the obvious solution to a photograph to find something that was unique. He had great wit and you see some of that in his pictures.
We’re sad to report the loss of a legend, but we’ll continue to enjoy Penn’s presence through the iconic legacy he leaves behind.