December 22, 2009

Final Days to See Entire Collection of Irving Penn's Small Trades Photographs

An abbreviated version of Irving Penn: Small Trades to travel to Paris and Lausanne

LOS ANGELES—Don’t miss the last chance to see Irving Penn: Small Trades at the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Center.  The internationally heralded exhibition, featuring the work of Irving Penn, who passed away in October at age 92, closes Sunday, January 10.

Irving Penn: Small Trades presents a seminal collection of photographs by one of the most respected photographers of the twentieth century, exhibited together in its entirety for the first time. Acquired by the Getty Museum in 2008, the 252 prints from the Small Trades series depict skilled tradespeople dressed in work clothes and carrying the tools of their occupations. Photographed in Paris, London, and New York in 1950-51, the collection includes both gelatin silver prints dating from this time period and platinum-palladium prints that Penn began making in 1967. Penn continued revisiting and interpreting this body of work until 2002, a period of more than half a century.

The final days of the Getty exhibition represent the last opportunity to see all 252 prints together.  The show is set to travel to France and Switzerland in an abridged version of 106 prints.  Irving Penn: Small Trades will be at Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson in Paris from May 5 to July 25, 2010 and the Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne from October 9, 2010 to January 16, 2011.

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Beth Brett
Getty Communications


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