Irving Penn (1917-2009), one of the most influential photographers of the 20. century, is now on display in Berlin on his 100th birthday with a wide range of works from portraits of Pablo Picasso, Marlene Dietrich, Alfred Hitchcock, New Guinean natives to abstract female nudes, exquisite still lifes, all the way to glamorous fashion photos for Vogue.
In his nearly 70-year career, he created an exceptionally diverse and distinctive visual cosmos. An unparalleled master of different genres, he succeeded in weaving contemporary photography and art. His new and different photographic gaze made each of his subjects special, whether they were human beings or inanimate objects.
240 photographs of the exhibition were brought together in cooperation with the Irving Penn foundation of the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. 180 of the works were donated by Lisa Fonsagrives-Penn to the Metropolitan Museum. She was the most important photomodel of the period and Irving Penn’s wife. The exhibition is open until July 1, 2018.