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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