20 Most Influential
IRVING PENN
From Irving Penn: A Career in Photography. "Self Portrait," 1986 (left) and "Italian Still Life" 1981 (right)

Irving Penn's perception of form is at the highest end of what's possible. He's the only photographer I think of when I admire fine art and commercialism at the same time - his personal work and commercial portfolio are melded beautifully. I love that. I find it really inspiring. Everyone hopes for that, because everyone wants to make a living. It's so easy to get swept up in market success. Irving Penn keeps a high level of integrity in both. Whether you see a reproduction in Vogue or a print at PaceMacGill Gallery, each is as physically beautiful as the other.

- Nicholas Nixon

RICHARD AVEDON
DAVID BAILEY
HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON
ROBERT FRANK
NAN GOLDIN
ANNIE LEIBOVITZ
JAY MAISEL
MARY ELLEN MARK
DUANE MICHALS
JAMES NACHTWEY
HELMUT NEWTON
ARNOLD NEWMAN
GORDON PARKS
IRVING PENN
PETE TURNER
EUGENE RICHARDS
SEBASTIÃO SALGADO
HERB RITTS
JERRY UELSMANN
ALBERT WATSON


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