Irving Penn

“Irving Penn’s still-life and found object photographs are heralded for their unique arrangements and clarity. In Red Apples, Penn rejects traditional decorative tools and backgrounds that so often characterize still-life images, and instead is concerned with the placement of the fruit to create compositional conformity. Pushing the boundaries of contemporary aesthetics, he offers an account of unaltered beauty and challenges the viewer to recognize his subject as such. Red Apples incorporates contemporary elements with its sharp lighting, single-dimensionality, and grotesque subject-matter while still paying homage to the traditional still-life genre.”

– Bulfinch Press, Still Life: Irving Penn Photographs 1938-2000, n.p; Knopf/Callaway, Irving Penn: Passage: A Work Record, p. 254

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