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Mud Glove, New York

1975, printed 1976 Irving Penn Born: Plainfield, New Jersey 1917 Died: New York, New York 2009 platinum-palladium print sheet and image: 29 7/8 × 22 1/4 in. (75.9 × 56.5 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the artist © The Irving Penn Foundation 1988.83.39 Not currently on view

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Irving Penn was one of the most important and influential photographers of the twentieth century. In a career that spanned almost seventy years, Penn worked across multiple genres from celebrity portraits to fashion, from still lives to images of native cultures in remote places of the world. Throughout his career Penn also worked on a series of photographs of discarded objects: things that had been lost, neglected, or misused. Printed in platinum, these detailed photographs of objects such as a lost glove found in the gutter are Penn’s photographic memento mori, offering beauty compromised by age or disuse.

A Democracy of Images: Photographs from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2013


Dress - accessory - glove

Landscape - New York

photography - photoprint

paper - arches

platinum palladium