Published in 2010, to accompany the exhibition 'Irving Penn portraits' held at the National Portrait Gallery, London (18 February-6 June 2010).
Drawn from a career spanning seven decades, Irving Penn Portraits presents thirty photographs of renowned personalities by one of the most distinguished photographers of the 20th century. With an essay by curator Magdalene Keaney, Irving Penn Portraits is the first book to focus exclusively on Penn's portraiture and his contributions to the genre. From Penn's early work of the 1940s to recent images made in 21st century, Irving Penn Portraits honours a selection of photographs with reproductions of superb quality. Among those featured are Giorgio de Chirico, Igor Stravinsky, Pablo Picasso, Duke Ellington, Marlene Dietrich, Woody Allen, Rudolf Nureyev, Helmut Newton and Jasper Johns.