Irving Penn was a fashion photographer who also composed still life photos.
His photographs of women were casual, yet elegant. He often photographed them wearing hats with wide brims. In the photograph to the left the woman’s head almost looks as if it’s packaged for a holiday, with a bow coming out of her neck. In another photograph a woman in a cafe sits with her legs coming straight out of the seat of a chair. Her elbow is on a small, round table with her forearm lifting a pearl necklace to her lips. She’s wears a smart dress and jacket outfit with pleats at the waist.
Another technique Penn used when shooting portraits that we photographers can all learn from is that he shot full-body portraits in between walls.
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