Apr 1, 2009

Woody Allen as Charlie Chaplin, New York, 1972

Woody Allen as Charlie Chaplin, New York, 1972


Irving Penn

(American, 1917–2009)

Palladium-platinum print

Framed: 79.4 x 75 cm (31 1/4 x 29 1/2 in.); Unframed: 50.8 x 50.8 cm (20 x 20 in.)

Gift from the Collection of Mark Schwartz + Bettina Katz 2020.39


Did you know?

Woody Allen posed as Charlie Chaplin, Groucho Marx, and Harpo Marx as well as “playing” himself during this portrait session with Irving Penn.


The portrait setting with comedian and filmmaker Woody Allen was commissioned for Vogue magazine and the results appeared in its pages in 1972. However, at this time Penn was beginning to think of his photographs as not just illustrations but as works of fine art. He began printing certain images using an historical technique of hand-sensitizing artist’s paper with a mixture of platinum and palladium, as in this print.

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