1917 – 2009
'FISHMONGER', LONDON, 1950
Platinum-palladium print, printed 1967. Signed, titled, dated, numbered 19/34 and P172 and annotated in pencil, with the Penn/Condé Nast copyright credit reproduction limitation and edition stamps on the verso. Matted and framed.
Image 50 x 37.5 cm (19⅝x 14¾in.);
sheet 57 x 45.5 cm (22½x 17⅞in.)
This platinum print is in overall excellent condition. Velvety print. Framed by John Jones with ultraviolet filtering and low reflective Acrylic.
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Private collection, UK
Hamiltons Gallery, London
Virginia A. Heckert and Anne Lacoste, Irving Penn Small Trades, J. Paul Getty Museum, 2009, reproduced on full page pl.195
This powerful platinum print belongs to Penn’s series Small Trades, which he began photographing in 1950 in London, Paris and New York. He sought to document trades that would eventually disappear and as a result this body of work stands as a historical piece of the mid-20th century. The portraits were executed in the same simple manner as his fashion works were conducted. Penn welcomed to his atelier the subjects, who had previously been scouted by his assistant, and captured them in their full work attire accompanied by tools of their occupation.