These Pictures? Worth More Like A Million Words

You don’t need much talent to snap a decent shot of a supermodel. But it takes a master to make frozen vegetables look sexy, and that’s just what Irving Penn was. See the evidence at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s big Penn retrospective, which closes at the end of the month.

penn_ball_dressIrving Penn, Ball Dress by Olivier Theyskens for Nina Ricci, New York, 2007, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of The Irving Penn Foundation. Copyright © Condé Nast. 

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Irving Penn, Frozen Foods, New York, 1977, printed 1984, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of The Irving Penn Foundation. Copyright © The Irving Penn Foundation. 

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Irving Penn, Leontyne Price, New York, 1961, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of The Irving Penn Foundation. Copyright © Condé Nast. 

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Irving Penn, Mouth (for L’Oréal), New York, 1986, printed 1992, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Promised gift of The Irving Penn Foundation. Copyright © The Irving Penn Foundation. 

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