Thursday, 6 May 2010

Life Through The Lens

Irving Penn (1917 - 2009) was an influential American photographer who specialised in portraiture and fashion photography. Having worked at Harper's Bazaar and American Vogue before setting up his own studio, he was to become one of the most successful portrait photographers of all time. He died last year at the age of 92.

This is what he had to say about the relationship between a camera and it's sometimes reluctant subjects ...

"Sensitive people faced with the prospect of a camera portrait put on a face they think is one they would like to show they world ... very often what lies behind the fa├žade is rare and more wonderful than the subject knows or dares believes"

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