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Fashion photographer Irving Penn dead

US fashion and portrait photographer Irving Penn died in New York at the age of 92, a spokesman for his studio said. Penn's work has been shown in galleries around the United States and several books of his works have been published.

world Updated: Oct 08, 2009 18:14 IST

US fashion and portrait photographer Irving Penn died on Wednesday in New York at the age of 92, a spokesman for his studio said. Kate Moss

Penn had photographed the most familiar faces of our age, from a young Marilyn Monroe to modern icons such as Kate Moss (see image) and Giselle.

Penn's work has been shown in galleries around the United States, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and several books of his works have been published.

"He was probably most famous for photographing Parisian fashion models and the world's great cultural figures, but he seemed equally at home photographing Peruvian peasants or bunion pads," an obituary said.

Penn had a long association with Vogue, photographing countless covers for the magazine.

An international daily described him as "a grand master of American fashion photography whose "less is more" aesthetic combined with a startling sensuality defined a visual style that he applied to designer dresses or fleshy nudes, famous artists or tribal chiefs, cigarette butts or cosmetics jars."