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Irving Penn Portraits - National Portrait Gallery

Marlene Dietrich by Irving Penn, New York, 1948, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Irving Penn. Copyright 1950 (renewed 1978) Conde Nast Publications, Inc.

Exhibition preview

AN EXHIBITION entitled simply Irving Penn Portraits will be on display at the National Portrait Gallery from Thursday, February 18 to Sunday, June 6, 2010.

Irving Penn was one of the most distinguished photographers of our time. Focusing on his portraits of major cultural figures over the last seven decades, Irving Penn Portraits is a glorious celebration of his work in this genre.

The exhibition includes over 120 exquisite prints, many vintage, ranging from his earliest portraits for Vogue magazine in 1944 to the present day. The variety and significance of sitters in Penn’s photographs is extraordinary.

Among those featured in the exhibition are Truman Capote, Christian Dior, Duke Ellington, Alfred Hitchcock, Al Pacino, Edith Piaf and Pablo Picasso.

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Times: Daily from 10am to 6pm; Open until 9pm on Thursday and Friday.

National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London, WC2H 0HE