[1917 – 2009] American photographer

I myself have always stood in the awe of the camera. I recognize it for the instrument it is, part Stradivarius, part scalpel. - Irving Penn , American Photo , Page: 43
September/October 2001
Photographing a cake can be art. - Irving Penn
asserted when he opened his studio in 1953
A beautiful print is a thing in itself, not just a halfway house on the way to the page. - Irving Penn
Hall page: 154
A good photograph is one that communicate a fact, touches the heart, leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it. It is, in a word, effective. - Irving Penn , The Best of Popular Photography by Harvey V. Fondiller , ISBN: 0871650371 , Page: 274
"What Makes a Good Picture?"
Sensitive people faced with the prospect of a camera portrait put on a face they think is the one they would like to show the world…. Very often what lies behind the façade is rare and more wonderful than the subject knows or dares to believe. - Irving Penn
A fashion picture is a portrait just as a portrait is a fashion picture. - Irving Penn
Sometime in 1964 I realized that I was a victim of a printmaking obsession, a condition that persists today. - Irving Penn
The printed page seems to have come to something of a dead end for all of us. - Irving Penn
I share with many people the feeling that there is a sweetness and constancy to light that falls into a studio from the north sky that sets it beyond any other illumination. It is a light of such penetrating clarity that even a simple object lying by chance in such a light takes on an inner glow, almost a voluptuousness. - Irving Penn