- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (October 15, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0892369965
- ISBN-13: 978-0892369966
- Product Dimensions: 12.3 x 1.5 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.9 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,364,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Irving Penn: Small Trades 1st Edition
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“The nobility and individuality of Penn’s subjects, and the simple setting, enhanced only by the sitters’ tools of their trades, became staples of Penn’s equanimous style. Published by Vogue in 1951, the photographs have now been collected in a coffee-table book, which is both a paean and swan song to a lost era.”—British Vogue
“These photographs . . . are respectful, consistent, beautiful, intelligent, daring. And unmissable. A brilliant catalogue.”—Financial Times
“Penn . . . was a master of portrait photography. . . . This collection is of ordinary, anonymous workers—plumbers, bakers, house painters, and street artists in Paris, London, and New York. Each and every one is compelling.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer
“Rather than picture [his subjects] where they worked, Penn brought them into his studio to pose like models against a sooty gray paper background. The smoky light of his black-and-white prints makes them look like living sculpture, carved into individuality by their life experiences and their times.”—San Francisco Chronicle
“More than 200 prints are reproduced in this finely executed tribute to a master.”—Professional Photographer
“The broadest view yet of one of Penn’s most important and appealing early projects. . . . Small Trades has the heft of history—it’s a sociologist’s dream—but it’s also one of the year’s most fascinating books of fashion photographs.”—Photograph Magazine
“This magnificent book, with its outstanding images, is a pleasure to hold.” —Choice
"The book is a work of art in its own right; an object of beauty, and a Noah's ark for vanishing trades."—The Jewish Chronicle
About the Author
Virginia A. Heckert and Anne Lacoste are associate curator and assistant curator, respectively, in the Department of Photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum.
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Published to document the inception of the "Small Trades" collection by the Getty, this book is a must have for photo buffs and for me recaptures the magic of the first time experience, and then some. Among other fascinating nuances, book shows several spreads of early silver prints beside later platinum-palladium refinements; I think close study shows Penn's devotion to and perfection of minimalism. The quality of reproduction here is really excellent.
One of the most interesting Penn work.