About This Artwork

Irving Penn
American, 1917–2009

Camel Pack, New York, 1975, printed November 1975

Platinum-palladium print, edition 29/68
52.4 x 65.8 cm (image); 75.6 x 57.1 cm (paper)
Inscribed verso: “(SM) NEG. XXXXII / CAMEL PACK [in a box]”; inscribed verso: “Platinum-palladium print made November 1975”; stamped verso: “DEACIDIFIED”; stamped and inscribed verso: “PHOTOGRAPH BY IRVING PENN / Copyright © 1975 by / IRVING PENN / Not to be reproduced without / written permission of the / photographer.”; inscribed verso: “29/68 [in a circle]”; inscribed verso: “No more than 68 original prints of this picture / will ever be made.”; signed and stamped verso: “Irving Penn / Hand-coated by the photographer / IRVING PENN [in a circle]”

Restricted gift of Mrs. Leigh B. Block, 1977.905

Copyright The Irving Penn Foundation

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago, “Irving Penn, A Career in Photography,” November 22, 1997–February 1, 1998; traveled to St. Petersburg, Russia, State Hermitage Museum, March 1–May 16, 1998; Hamburg, Germany, Deichtorhallen, June 18–September 6, 1998; Munich, Germany, Müchner Stadtmuseum, October 6, 1998–February 21, 1999; San Francisco, California, Friends of Photography/Ansel Adams Center for Photography, November 11, 1999–January 23, 2000; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, March 25–June 4, 2000; Paris, France, Maison Européenne de la Photographie, September 13–November 5, 2000 (Chicago only). (Colin Westerbeck)

Publication History

Marlborough Gallery, New York. 1977. “Irving Penn: Photographs in Platinum Metals, Images 1947–1975.” Exh. cat. Marlborough Gallery. n.pag., cat. 1. (other print of this image)

Marlborough Fine Art, London. 1981. “Irving Penn: Photographs in Platinum Metals, Images 1947–1975.” Marlborough Fine Art London. p. 7, cat. 52. (other print of this image)

Szarkowski, John. 1984. "Irving Penn." Exh. cat. Museum of Modern Art/New York Graphic Society Books. pl. 126. (other print of this image)

Turner, Peter. 1985. "American Images: Photography 1945–1980." Exh. cat. Barbican Gallery/Penguin Books. p. 90. (other print of this image)

Foresta, Merry A. and William F. Stapp. 1990. “Irving Penn: Master Images.” Exh. cat. National Museum of American Art and National Portrait Gallery/Smithsonian Institution Press. p. 64, cat. 51. (other print of this image)

Penn, Irving. 1991. "Passage: A Work Record.” Knopf. p. 219. (other print of this image?)

Lundström, Jan-Erik. 1995. “Irving Penn fotografier: en donation till mine av Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn/Irving Penn Photographs: A Donation in Memory of Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn.” Exh. cat. Moderna Museet/Raster Förlag. p. 49. (other print of this image)

Westerbeck, Colin. 1997. “Irving Penn: A Career in Photography.” Exh. cat. Art Institute of Chicago/Bulfinch Press. p. 20, cat. 117, fig. 8.

Penn, Irving. 2001. “Still Life.” Bulfinch Press. n.pag. (other print of this image)

Greenough, Sarah. 2005. “Irving Penn: Platinum Prints.” Exh. cat. National Gallery of Art/Yale University Press. pl. 70. (other print of this image)

Ownership History

Marlborough Gallery, New York [then the artist's representative], by September 1977; sold to the Art Institute, 1977.

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