A New Portfolio by Penn, Age 90

The August issue of Vogue arrived at my house, and I did what I always do first—go the Jeffrey Steingarten story on food to what fabulous visual concoction Irving Penn had made to illustrate the piece. I was therefore amply rewarded when I found an entire Penn portfolio illustrating a number of articles. Here are some of the spreads. By the way, Mr. Penn turned 90 on June 16. I feel like I should say more about this work, but really, what is left to say about Penn at this point? He is, as the ma

The August issue of Vogue arrived at my house, and I did what I always do first—go the Jeffrey Steingarten story on food to what fabulous visual concoction Irving Penn had made to illustrate the piece. I was therefore amply rewarded when I found an entire Penn portfolio illustrating a number of articles. Here are some of the spreads. By the way, Mr. Penn turned 90 on June 16.

I feel like I should say more about this work, but really, what is left to say about Penn at this point? He is, as the magazine notes, our greatest living photographer. But I will add that the photo of Cate Blanchett as Queen Elizabeth I is nothing less than epic.
—David Schonauer

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