Biography Of Irving Penn And Diane Arbus

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Before photography was considered a medium of personal art, it was used for the sole purpose of portraiture. Carte de visites, daguerreotypes, and even tintypes were all used as a way to convey a person’s physical appearance into a print. As camera technology evolved, so to did the way photographers take portraits. It skipped from a stale faced man behind a backdrop to colorful and interesting photographs taken of people from all walks of life. Three of the innovators of modern portraiture are Robert Mapplethorpe, Irving Penn and Diane Arbus. These photographers changed the public appearance or ordinary people and celebities while integrating their own original ideas. Irving Penn was born in New Jersey in 1917, he went to school to become a designer and painter and landed a position in the art department of Vogue Magazine, a place where his photographs would eventually become legendary. Penn’s transition into photography was from a suggestion from a friend and he began taking photographs for vogue regularly, switching between contemporary fashion photography and interesting portraiture other groups of people. Penn’s most notable photography is for Vogue, where he combined current fashion with his own compelling style, such as these covers: His style of photographing the trends of most of the 20th century gave him a sense for the beauty of the world, and with vogue created portraits of the most important people in and out of fashion. His focus on the people, and not

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