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    Re: Irving Penn's 8x10?

    Wish I had a studio like that. Seriously, Penn had a 50-year career, so it's likely that he used many different cameras... certainly he used 8x10 quite a bit. Don't forget all those Clinique ads, not to mention his personal still life work. I'll find out who to ask... i think he set up a foundation at the end of his career.

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    Re: Irving Penn's 8x10?

    I suppose they use south light on that side of the equator...
    Cusco is so close to the equator it probably doesn't matter...

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    The high altitude, low latitude light there is pretty spectacular, though!
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    Re: Irving Penn's 8x10?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Sampson View Post
    Wish I had a studio like that. Seriously, Penn had a 50-year career, so it's likely that he used many different cameras... certainly he used 8x10 quite a bit. Don't forget all those Clinique ads, not to mention his personal still life work. I'll find out who to ask... i think he set up a foundation at the end of his career.
    I remember reading in the foundation literature a listing of his cameras. Pretty sure there was a Deardorff listed & I know he custom made that wide format LF camera he used in the 1980's? The skull pictures...
    I think the Art Institute of Chicago and has some info on his cameras as well.
    (they have an archive also)
    Interesting how he kept experimenting until the end.

    Have a great day!

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    Re: Irving Penn's 8x10?

    from the Penn archives: http://archive.artic.edu/irvingpenna...as-techniques/

    4x5 and 8x10 Deardorff's are mentioned as well as the 12x20 banquet camera. That could have been a Deardorff, a Korona, or a Folmer-Schwing as I think they were the only makers of banquet cameras in that size. Also says he and his assistants made their own view cameras for the street debris project.

    If you get within 500 miles of a Penn show make the effort to see the prints in person. What a perfectionist!

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