It’s time once again to step lightly away from 2020 and stroll through the past for a bit. This time, we’re serving up a gallery of legendary photographer Irving Penn’s covers for Vogue in the 1940s and ’50s. What stands out, aside from the glamour and gorgeousness of his more conventional fashion photography, is how Vogue gave him the space to be the art photographer he was; allowing for still lifes and portraits and photographic studies the likes of which are all too lacking in most magazine covers today. Or just look at the pretty clothes and fabulous models! God knows we’re all about the shallow and frivolous ’round these parts. The point is that he was given the freedom to appeal to a wide range of tastes at a time when the magazine industry was triumphantly dominant and a countless number of competitors were vying for space on the same racks.
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