Photography Exhibition Irving Penn
We have always loved the work of Irving Penn; we even recently featured him in one of our Masters of Photography blogs for being a leader in the world of Fashion Photography. However, it is not his Fashion Photography that is currently on display in Hamiltons Gallery in London, it is in fact his extraordinary series of macabre still life images of animal and human skulls.
‘Cranium Architecture’ is the largest exposition of this collection in over two decades, and sees Penn create stark black and white images of animal skulls from the Narodni national museum in Prague. According to the Hamiltons website “From gorilla to giraffe, the photographer treats each subject with fastidious equality – zooming in or moving away so that all the skulls are the same size and placing them in a simple white background.”
Penn’s style was designed to both disorientate and challenge the viewer, allowing us to view each skull as a unique but similar construct. The images in this exhibition show both a power and a sensitivity, detailing the fragility of life as every knock and hairline crack can be seen, whilst appearing bold, striking and at times fearsome.
If you want to see these incredible images for yourself, and we highly suggest you do, then ‘Cranium Architecture’ will be at Hamiltons until September 13th. The exhibit is free to enter and is a superb example of just how talented Irving Penn really was, even away from Fashion Photography and Portraits, his still life work showed a great deal of personality and temperament.
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