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See late fashion photographer Irving Penn's work at the Getty Center [Updated]

October 8, 2009 |  1:00 pm

irving penn fashion photographer style icon Make a date to catch the late fashion photographer Irving Penn’s work at the Getty Center.

Penn, whose portraits of fashion, celebrity and food graced the covers and pages of Vogue since 1943, died Wednesday at age 92.

An exhibition "Irving Penn: Small Trades," which opened at the Getty Center one month ago and runs through Jan. 10 [Updated: 4:40 p.m. Oct. 8: An earlier version of this article said the exhibit ran until July 10], documents workers in New York, Paris and London circa 1950 and 1951.

The Getty Museum acquired the photos last year, which Penn personally selected, including the Vogue editions that published the portraits. 

In the era before casual Fridays, workers, including street sweepers, busboys and milkmen, dressed much more formally, often with suit and tie, for daily chores.

My two favorite Penn photographs from the exhibition are the impeccably turned out New York ballroom dancers in a clench, the man be-suited and bow-tied and the woman in a stern pageboy and spectator pumps, both giving the camera a stiff upper lip. The other photograph depicts two authentic London charwomen (note to Central Casting) eking out slight smiles while toting scrub brushes and pails.

1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 440-7300. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sunday.

-- Max Padilla


Irving Penn dies at 92; a giant of photography | Photos

Photo: Charwomen, London, 1951

Photo credit: Irving Penn