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Photography great Irving Penn dies at 92

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Irving Penn, one of America’s greatest photographers, died today at the age of 92 in his Manhattan home, his assistant announced. Penn, whose widely admired, globe-spanning work appeared everywhere from magazines to museums, was known for his elegant fashion photography, exquisite still-life imagery, and profound yet simple portraits. He began his career in the 1940s as a fashion lensman for Vogue, and would contribute to the magazine for many decades. Branching into portraiture in the 1950s, Penn captured everyone from world figures to artists to celebrities such as Miles Davis, Spencer Tracy, and Pablo Picasso.