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Photographer Irving Penn (b. 1917) is renowned for his innovative contributions to portrait, still life, and fashion photography, and a career that has spanned more than six decades at Vogue magazine.and#160; In 1950, Vogue assigned Penn to photograph workers in Paris, and thus his monumental work The Small Trades began.and#160; Created in 1950 and 1951 in Paris, London, and New York, The Small Trades consists of portraits of skilled tradespeople dressed in their work clothes and carrying the tools of their respective trades. Capturing the humble coal heaver and the crisply dressed waiter with equal directness, Pennandrsquo;s arresting portraits also underscore fascinating cultural differences.

The Small Trades was Pennandrsquo;s most extensive body of work, and he returned to it over many decades, producing ever more exacting prints. Two hundred-six unique images from the series are flawlessly reproduced in this book.and#160; In addition, the introductory essay describes the history and context of The Small Trades series and its importance to Pennandrsquo;s career and the history of photography.and#160; An interview with Edmonde Charles-Roux, the chief editor for French Vogue from 1952 to 1966, who assisted Penn on the assignment in Paris, provides fascinating insights of the Paris sittings.and#160;

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Publication of this volume and the occurrence of the exhibition it represents (J. Paul Getty Museum, September 2009-January 2010), coincide with the eminent photographer's death October 7, 2009, at the age of 92. Some 200 b&w images made in 1950 and 1951, in Paris, London, and New York, depict trades people photographed in the studio, dressed in their work clothes and carrying the tools of their occupations. Penn returned to the images over the decades experimenting with platinum/palladium printing techniques and refining their aesthetic impact. The images are each presented full page in this oversize volume (9.5x12"), along with text by Museum curators Heckert and Lacoste, and an interview with Edmonde Charles-Roux, chief editor for French Vogue, who assisted Penn on the assignment in Paris. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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The fascinating life and work of an artist who captured some of the first photographs of the Far East are presented in this gorgeous volume.

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In recent years Felice Beato (1832–1909) has come to be recognized as one of the major photographers of the nineteenth century, yet until now there has been no general survey of his singular life and work. Born in Venice, Italy, Beato came of age in the Ottoman capital of Constantinople. As a young apprentice in 1856, he photographed the sites of the Crimean War, thereby launching a long and remarkably adventurous career. Over the next half century he would follow in the wake of the British Empire: Egypt, Palestine, and Syria; India, where he photographed the aftermath of the Indian Mutiny; and China, where he chronicled the Second Opium War. He spent some thirty years in Japan and Burma, where he was among the first commercial photographers at the time that these countries were starting to open to the West.

The text includes an engaging narrative of his life and entrepreneurial career and a thought-provoking essay on Beato and the photography of war. There is a generous selection of his photographs, including panoramas and hand-colored Japanese studies, along with captivating period ephemera, lithographs based on his work, and humorous caricatures of the artist.

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and#160;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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Grady Harp, November 1, 2009 (view all comments by Grady Harp)
In Praise of the Common Man

Irving Penn is an established giant in the field of photography having supplied the editors of Vogue Magazine with his elegant fashion photography for over fifty years. While many would question such a famous glamour photographer's interest in the beauty of the common man, in this excellent volume, a catalogue from the current J. Paul Getty Museum exhibition curated by Virginia A. Heckert and Anne Lacoste, evidence is presented and takes a memory trip back to the years 1950 and 1951 when Penn focused his considerable talent on photographing the people who do the daily jobs considered less than glamorous in the cities of New York, London and Paris.

Using the studio setting in much the way his fashion images were created, Penn uses for each of these portraits a textured wall that captures an array of light and shadow in subtle ways and in front of this backdrop he invited bakers, cleaners, maids, and craftsmen of all trades to pose, face forward, alone and in pairs, and gives these simple 'models' the same treatment of dramatic light and shadow eloquence that had made him famous. The results are an embarrassment of riches of capturing the most genteel vision of 'Small Trades' available in one collection. This is a book of beautiful art as well as an appreciation of the people who make our lives work smoothly. A fine reminder of Irving Penn's enormous talent.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780892369966
Author:
Heckert, Virginia
Publisher:
J. Paul Getty Museum
Author:
Lacoste, Anne
Author:
null, Ann E.
Author:
Heckert, Virginia
Author:
Ritchin, Fred
Author:
null, Virginia
Subject:
Collections, Catalogs, Exhibitions - General
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Individual Photographers - General
Subject:
Collections, Catalogs, Exhibitions
Subject:
Art
Subject:
architecture; photography
Subject:
Art, Architecture & Photography
Subject:
Photography-Annuals
Edition Description:
1
Publication Date:
20091031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
163
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
12.00 x 9.50 in

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In recent years Felice Beato (1832–1909) has come to be recognized as one of the major photographers of the nineteenth century, yet until now there has been no general survey of his singular life and work. Born in Venice, Italy, Beato came of age in the Ottoman capital of Constantinople. As a young apprentice in 1856, he photographed the sites of the Crimean War, thereby launching a long and remarkably adventurous career. Over the next half century he would follow in the wake of the British Empire: Egypt, Palestine, and Syria; India, where he photographed the aftermath of the Indian Mutiny; and China, where he chronicled the Second Opium War. He spent some thirty years in Japan and Burma, where he was among the first commercial photographers at the time that these countries were starting to open to the West.

The text includes an engaging narrative of his life and entrepreneurial career and a thought-provoking essay on Beato and the photography of war. There is a generous selection of his photographs, including panoramas and hand-colored Japanese studies, along with captivating period ephemera, lithographs based on his work, and humorous caricatures of the artist.

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