American photographer Irving Penn is a true legend in the fashion community. Known for his elegantly simple portraits, his images convey a unique and sophisticated compositional refinement that has been seen on over 150 Vogue covers over the span of seven decades.
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Kate Moss for Irving Penn. Vogue, 1995.[/caption]
Irving Penn originally studied painting, drawing, and graphic design at the University of Arts in Philadelphia. Graduating in 1938, he moved to New York and found work as the director of advertising at Saks Fifth Avenue . By 1943, Penn was hired as an assistant to Vogue Magazine's creative director Alexander Liberman. That same year, his photographic career began by shooting his first Vogue cover, a still life of fruit and autumn accessories.