Aug 28, 2020
Aug 28, 2020

I.M. Pei

I.M. Pei

1976

Irving Penn

(American, 1917-2009)

Gelatin silver print

Paper: 25.4 x 20.3 cm (10 x 8 in.)

Gift from the Collection of Mark Schwartz + Bettina Katz 2020.52

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Chinese-American architect I.M. Pei designed the Pyramide du Louvre, a favorite landmark in the city of Paris, as well as Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

Description

One of Vogue’s top photographers, Irving Penn was known for his arresting portraits of celebrities. He would often expose up to 10 rolls of film, or 120 frames, to make a single portrait. They were first printed as contact sheets -- pieces of photographic paper containing positive prints the same size as the negatives—so that the artist could select the ones to be enlarged. Occasionally, Penn would give the contact sheets as gifts once the final image was selected.

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