At the National Portrait Gallery I observed the work of Irving Penn. He has been one of my favourite photographers, even though I didn’t get the chance to see his work with food. I was still impressed with his black and white portrait photography, and it was good to get more information about him and to see his photographs in real life, and to observe their actual size and the way they have been printed.
Irving Penn has been one of the most influential photographers of our time. The exhibition that I visited was compiled from major international collections, and includes work from his Vogue magazine in the 1940s to some of his later work from his long, outstanding career. Penn captured photographs of a range of various people, from differing mediums. Such as literature to other areas such as visual and performing arts, famous people such as Salvador Dali, Grace Kelly and many others. The Exhibition I visited showed Irving Penn’s ability to communicate with a visual language and it provided me with a chance to observe his composition of innovative techniques to convey lighting and printing. The experience of visiting London to observe his work, has allowed me to gain first hand insight into one of the most outstanding photographers of our time.