Penn then spent a year in Mexico, creating fine art with a brush, before calling it quits. "He was dissatisfied with all his paintings, so he scraped off the canvas, rolled them up, and came back to New York with his photographs, which hadn't been seen by many," Foresta says. "He shows them to [famed editorial director] Alexander Liberman at Vogue, who starts giving him assignments. And the rest is Penn! It's photo history."