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Irving Penn Photograph: "Man in White, Woman in Black -- Morocco (with interesting provenance)

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Provenance: This iconic black and white photograph by Irving Penn is rare and unique because of the provenance and because it is affordable!! It was originally printed in "Vogue Magazine" in 1974 (copyright 1972 by The Conde Nast Publications, Inc.).

The photo is an authorized limited-run "press copy" provided to the media by the National Museum of American Art and National Portrait Gallery to publicize a retrospective exhibition of Penn's original platinum-palladium prints of celebrity portraits -- "Irving Penn Master Images." -- at the National Museum of American Art in Washington D.C. from March to August 1990.

"In the effort to remove his subjects from the context of space and time, Penn's ethnographic work can court stereotypes. In Man in White, Woman in Black (1971), Penn shows a female figure cloaked entirely in black, dwarfed by a male figure next to her, who wears a dust-stained white robe. The viewer can only be sure that the figure in black is a woman because of Penn's title, as the only part of her body visible are the toes that peek out from beneath her robe." (The Art Institute of Chicago, 2013)

The image is printed on quality photo-stock, is in perfect condition, and ready for framing. Each photo in the group has a sticker on the back (see images above) authorizing its use "one time only." I've never seen these particular pics for sale. So, why are these photos especially interesting?

You can buy posters and offset prints of this and the other images in the show are available for $10 and up in other Etsy shops, in stores, Ebay; you name it, for your personal pleasure, but they have virtually no value to collectors. value. These "press photos" were individually approved by Conde Nast for a specific use and timeline. They are not only fabulous examples of his work but have the potential to appreciate in value, unlike inexpensive prints with no authorization

FYI, Penn printed very small edition of his photos (12 - 25 on average). The average price of an original platinum-palladium print goes for over $10,000 with several in the $70,000 -$300,000 range at auction and frequently more in galleries. "In addition to 25 numbered prints of this image / in platinum metals, unnumbered, but signed, silver prints not exceeding a total of 12 may exist.” (ibid.) And even those prints of this subject are rare.

Irving Penn
In a career that spanned almost 70 years, Irving Penn produced groundbreaking work in the overlapping industries of fashion and fine–art photography.His black and white prints are notable for their deep contrast, giving them a clean, crisp look.Penn's compositions are spare and highly organized, including assemblages of food or objects that articulate the abstract interplay of line and volume.

Penn was among the first photographers to pose subjects against a simple grey or white backdrop and he effectively used this simplicity. Expanding his austere studio surroundings, Penn constructed a set of upright angled backdrops, to form a stark, acute corner. Subjects photographed with this technique included Martha Graham, Marcel Duchamp, Pablo Picasso, Truman Capote, Georgia O'Keeffe, W. H. Auden, and Igor Stravinsky.
Provenance: This iconic black and white photograph by Irving Penn is rare and unique because of the provenance and because it is affordable!! It was originally printed in "Vogue Magazine" in 1974 (copyright 1972 by The Conde Nast Publications, Inc.).

The photo is an authorized limited-run "press copy" provided to the media by the National Museum of American Art and National Portrait Gallery to publicize a retrospective exhibition of Penn's original platinum-palladium prints of celebrity portraits -- "Irving Penn Master Images." -- at the National Museum of American Art in Washington D.C. from March to August 1990.

"In the effort to remove his subjects from the context of space and time, Penn's ethnographic work can court stereotypes. In Man in White, Woman in Black (1971), Penn shows a female figure cloaked entirely in black, dwarfed by a male figure next to her, who wears a dust-stained white robe. The viewer can only be sure that the figure in black is a woman because of Penn's title, as the only part of her body visible are the toes that peek out from beneath her robe." (The Art Institute of Chicago, 2013)

The image is printed on quality photo-stock, is in perfect condition, and ready for framing. Each photo in the group has a sticker on the back (see images above) authorizing its use "one time only." I've never seen these particular pics for sale. So, why are these photos especially interesting?

You can buy posters and offset prints of this and the other images in the show are available for $10 and up in other Etsy shops, in stores, Ebay; you name it, for your personal pleasure, but they have virtually no value to collectors. value. These "press photos" were individually approved by Conde Nast for a specific use and timeline. They are not only fabulous examples of his work but have the potential to appreciate in value, unlike inexpensive prints with no authorization

FYI, Penn printed very small edition of his photos (12 - 25 on average). The average price of an original platinum-palladium print goes for over $10,000 with several in the $70,000 -$300,000 range at auction and frequently more in galleries. "In addition to 25 numbered prints of this image / in platinum metals, unnumbered, but signed, silver prints not exceeding a total of 12 may exist.” (ibid.) And even those prints of this subject are rare.

Irving Penn
In a career that spanned almost 70 years, Irving Penn produced groundbreaking work in the overlapping industries of fashion and fine–art photography.His black and white prints are notable for their deep contrast, giving them a clean, crisp look.Penn's compositions are spare and highly organized, including assemblages of food or objects that articulate the abstract interplay of line and volume.

Penn was among the first photographers to pose subjects against a simple grey or white backdrop and he effectively used this simplicity. Expanding his austere studio surroundings, Penn constructed a set of upright angled backdrops, to form a stark, acute corner. Subjects photographed with this technique included Martha Graham, Marcel Duchamp, Pablo Picasso, Truman Capote, Georgia O'Keeffe, W. H. Auden, and Igor Stravinsky.

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Dec 19, 2017
Super condition! Very helpful seller. My husband will be blown away!
Rare 'Yankee' Spiral Ratchet Screw Driver, Very Fine w. Original Box (No. 135A): SALE PRICED

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very amazing photo!very nice shop!thank you very much and sorry about my poor English,lol!
Irving Penn, Photo of Woody Allen as Charlie Chaplin - Solid Provenance

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  • Vintage item from the 1970s
  • Height: 10 Inches
  • Width: 8 Inches
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