Irving penn studied drawing, painting, and graphic and industrial design at the Pennsylvania Museum School of Industrial Art. He once worked as an assistant to his instructor at Harper’s Bazaar. This series of experiences has had a great impact on the formation of his future photography style. Penn’s road to photography began in the street of New York, Philadelphia and other places, observing all kinds of people and looking for subjects. It is not difficult to find that his early photography is very life-like. Over time, penn’s photographic style and common subjects are constantly changing. He is not limited by his early style. He shoots multiple categories of objects and uses different expressions.
Most of his works are labeled with his personal thoughts, clear and strong, without soft or ambiguous themes. When he is shooting a character, he often uses parallel perspectives to allow the character to communicate well with the camera. When taking photos of an object, Penn emphasizes the relationship between the objects and the structure between the objects themselves or the pieces of things. The geometric structure has appeared many times, which may be related to his early years of studying painting and graphics.
Irving Penn had traveled to may countries and places , he spent a lot of time and energy on the road, constantly using the camera to record the images formed under different backgrounds. He expressed the characteristics of the subject in a documentary and dramatic style. Make it a vivid memory point.
This film is a journey of discovery, following the footsteps of Robert Frank, half a century ago. From Texas to Montana, from Nebraska to Louisiana, from New York to San Francisco. Try to restore the scene of the place where he took the photo and the story behind the photo.
Robert Frank’s journey was hard. He was alone and could only live in cheap hotels because he didn’t have much money. He has been on the road, constantly looking for material that can be taken, stopping along the road, and using the camera to make the most effective record. He is sometimes very lucky, he could gain a lot, but sometimes not.
He is a great discoverer and recorder. He never deliberately takes a scene, but shoots reality, the reality that best represents American society and culture. In his photographs, American culture vividly and forcefully shows:race, class. . .these are all good themes.
There is a photo taken under the American flag. Philippe Seclier interviewed the elder man who appeared in the photo when he was a little boy. For this famous photo work, as well as this famous photo collection, the exiter has not been known for these many years. He was unintentionally photographed into the photo and became a famous chapter in the American society.
Therefore, we do not need to speculate on the authenticity of the photos, without guessing whether they really reflect the scene at the time.
“I always watch my back; I don’t trust anybody. I trust myself.”
“I believe it’s important to be able to trust others—but ultimately you should never find yourself in a position where you trust someone else more than you trust yourself.”
This photo was taken in front of the projection screen. The photographer is me, and the exiter is me. Turn on the projector, select the movie, turn off the light, set up the tripod, turn on my camera and constantly debug the angle and light, set the time-lapse shooting, and finally walk to the front of the screen to complete the shooting. This is my communication with art, also is my communication with myself. No one knows more about what I want to do than I do. I will do everything to achieve what I want.