Jul 27, 2020
Jul 27, 2020

Paul Simon

Paul Simon

1997

Irving Penn

(American, 1917-2009)

Gelatin silver print, 6 unique mounted contacts

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

Gift from the Collection of Mark Schwartz + Bettina Katz 2020.61

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Musician and songwriter Paul Simon is a two-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, once as a member of the duo Simon and Garfunkel in 1990, and again as a solo artist in 2001.

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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