Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Irving Penn- The passing of a legend

Last week, The photographer of all photographers passed away at 92.
While most people will probably remember Irving Penn for his amazing fashion photography,
I will remember him for his work with Clinique.
In particular, the twice a day ad.

I was very fortunate to begin my career with Clinique when it was still a baby.
I was a baby back then too! So young.
It was a very exciting time.
Clinique always believed the product was the star and as a result, you didn't see a face associated with the line.
When the twice a day ad was created, the company (just about everyone back then was female)
decided there was only one photographer.
Irving Penn.

This ad really made an impact.
When the book PASSAGE came out, It was featured in his book.
In the cosmetic industry, it was beyond cutting edge.

Way back then, the company was so tiny. There were only a handful of Education Mangers to take care of the entire country.
At that time, it was only found in the U.S.
Many people had not heard of it.
Hard to imagine now.

The picture above is a window display in Paris.
Even if you don't speak French, the message is clear.

Holiday store postcard from Switzerland.
Clinique grew and all of us grew along with it.

But, the one person that really helped it grow via his fantastic photography
was Irving Penn.


Sea Witch said...

What a lovely tribute. I really enjoyed this post, Barb. What we remember as young, taking the world by storm, women should shape us as we age. Irving Penn motivated you and left a lasting memory and what a good one. Sea Witch

Susie from Bienvenue said...

Wow! I have never heard of him till now. Thanks for sharing his story~

Blondie's Journal said...

I never associated Irving Penn with Clinique but I do remember the ads. They could really sell a product and I wore their 'Extra Help' makeup for years. My daughters swear by the cleansing products.

How lucky you were to grow with a company that is so respected today. And God Bless Mr. Penn. He lived a long, prosperous life!!


Elise said...

Yes indeed. And such a lovely post from you. thank you

Theresa said...

How sweet, great tribute to someone important in you life:)

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

That was an elegant tribute, Barb. Yes, what a touch this man had! His work was part of everyday life and unfortunately, there are those artists whose work IS everyday. It isn't until they leave us that we can focus on the person behind the common, everyday reminders of their talents. Lovely, lovely work. God bless you!! Anita

Sarah said...

Beautiful tribute. I'm happy to know of his work. Thanks for sharing.

Jacque said...

Good Morning Barb,

That is a great memory and tribute! You have so many wonderful stories to tell. This is one more thing that I can say that I "learned" from blogging. I am happy you shared it with us!

Hope you are having a great week!

one gal's trash said...

Love your France photos and your header is gorgeous! I have a crush on all things French too. I lived in Paris so very long ago, I hope to return next year...

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