From the Indroduction from Irving Penn by John Szarkowski
|Harlequin Dress (Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn), New York, 1950|
|Woman with Rose on Her Arm, 1950|
|Lisa Fonssagrives, 1951|
|Sunny Hamett, 1951|
Penn is one of the greatest fashion photographers in history, his work was edgy and so interesting to look at. I have picked out a few images from the 1950s, that I have found the most interesting. How can I relate this to my project? I need to be careful as I do want all my images to work together, so my lighting can not be completely different per image. I think here I can consider lighting it quite contrasty and light, with some shadows around the face. I really like the curl of the eyebrow, and the red of the lips. The fashion is really extravagant, which I would love to bring in, if I do use clothes. I like the idea of relating to Penn by doing a full side portrait for this series, however I will have to see how it all works when I am shooting it. I do not think the I can take much from the hair with these images, however hopefully I can find some more inspiration for that when looking at the actresses.
Elizabeth Taylor is one of the most iconic actresses in the 1950s. I have a few photos of her already in my visual section of my sketch book where I have written about how I really like her hair. Here the make up is very 50s/60s, with the larger brow, red lipstick and red on the cheeks. I do prefer her hair slightly longer with the loose curls and flicks in it.
Marilyn Monroe is still iconic to this day, her sex appeal forever living on. I do really love her hair style, it is very glamourous. With the red lips and minimal eye make up, she is a natural beauty. I could try and translate this in my images if I try and cast a girl with the same kind of facial features as her, however I do not want to completely recreate her but just with a knitted wig. I do need to remember to keep it contemporary. Perhaps I can consider the type of expression my model has to channel a Monroe feeling.
I think Grace Kelly is incredibly beautiful, she has amazing eyes and great facial features. I think this is the type of model I would like to ideally cast. Her make up is very simple and clean, the first image looks more 1960s with the lashes. With the others I do like how the hair is flat on the top and curls towards the back. The texture is really nice and the light picks it up well.