A 1950 photograph by Irving Penn shows a London
seamstress with the tools of her trade — thread, pins, tape measure,
fabric — her right hand casually tucked inside one pocket, her other
shrouded inside a partially sewn sleeve.
The picture is distinctive partly for the
figure's setting, a kind of atmospheric visual "nowhere" that Penn was
instrumental in popularizing as a staple of fashion photography.
The Getty exhibition, "Irving Penn: Small Trades," is filled with
black-and-white photographs like this, one of 252 in a set Penn
assembled. The Getty acquired the set last year, and it's having its
debut in the show.
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