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Famous Faces: A collection of portraits by Irving Penn

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Arts +1 Age Levels Middle School (13 to 15 years old), Post-Secondary
Irving Penn was one of the most influential photographers of the 20th Century. Throughout a career that spanned 70 years, Penn captured images in black and white and color across various genres including advertising, fashion, still life, and portraits.
This Collection features portraits Penn took of famous people who built careers in the arts, an article written about Penn in The Smithsonian Magazine (November, 2015), and a link to the Irving Penn Archives at the Art Institute of Chicago where Penn donated the bulk of his collection in 1995.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Resources in the Irving Penn Archives collections at the Art Institute of Chicago include a series of nude photographs which may be inappropriate for minors to view.

Irving Penn

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Aaron Copland

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Duke Ellington

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George Balanchine

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Natassja Kinski

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John Huston

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Truman Capote

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Lillian Hellman

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Woody Allen

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Marlene Dietrich

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Tennessee Williams

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Leonard Bernstein

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Wallis Simpson

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T. S. Eliot

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Georgia O'Keeffe

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Alfred Hitchcock

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Joe Louis

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John Updike

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Pearl S. Buck

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Igor Stravinsky

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Rock Groups San Francisco, 1967

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