Flowers by Irving Penn. First edition (1980). First impression. Large format hardback in fine condition. Signed and dated by Irving Penn to title page. No markings. Dust jacket in a removable protective sleeve.
Irving Penn started to photograph flowers in 1967 after being commissioned by Vogue USA to illustrate their Christmas edition with images of tulips. This became the first of seven issues which Penn would illustrate with different genera of flowers. The photographs were collectively published as a book, ‘Flowers’, published in 1980. Penn later revisited the idea of flowers in the 1990’s and early 2000’s, using flowers as a metaphor for his older age and the beauty which can be found in the expiring bloom.