A tribute to the late photographer

The work of late American fashion photographer Irving Penn is being displayed in Beirut, Lebanon. This marks the first time that the artist’s photos are being shown in the Arab World. The exhibition kicked off on January 16, and will run till April 28.


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The Mina Image Centre launched their first exhibition in Beirut last month, under the name “Untroubled”. The work displayed at the event was curated by Matthieu Humery, and is dedicated to one of the most influential visual artists of the 20th century, Irving Penn. The photographer’s work is known for its striking imagery, masterful printmaking, and his involvement in both artistic and commercial photography.

Even though Irving passed away in 2009, at the age of ninety-two, his work still manages to influence the art of others. His photographs are also being displayed in several exhibition around the world, and is held in significant collections including the Art Institute of Chicago, J. Paul Getty Museum, in Los Angeles, and the National Portrait Gallery, in London to name a few. The Irving Penn Foundation donated 100 images to the Smithsonian American Art Museum in 2013.

In 2017, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, displayed a major retrospective exhibition of Irving Penn’s photographs to mark the centennial of the artist’s birth. The ‘Untroubled’ exhibition will include fifty photographs highlighting the diverse styles, interests, and techniques that the photographer experimented with throughout his entire career. It will also present nine of his series including: Small Trades, Corner Portraits, Still Life, Hands of Miles Davis, Icons, Decompositions, Vanities, Cranium Architecture, and World Societies.

Here are some photographs from Irving’s incredible work:

Irving Penn Lebanon


Irving Penn Lebanon


Irving Penn Lebanon


Irving Penn Lebanon


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