New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art celebrates the life and work of Irving Penn. By Ivan Shaw
Marisa Berenson Nude with Chains
Penn and Liberman would continue to work side by side for the next five decades, almost right up to Liberman’s passing. During this half-century span, Penn seamlessly evolved with the changing shifting culture and changing fashions, such as in his work with model Marisa Berenson. Penn’s nude of Berenson done in 1970, though quite stark in its execution, seems to speak perfectly to the sexual revolution happening at the time.
Many of them have been collected in Posnick’s 2016 monograph, Stoppers: Photographs from My Life at Vogue. As Posnick fondly recalls: “He taught me to think beyond the obvious. Penn made everyone he worked with better. He changed the way we saw the world and our perception of what is beautiful.”