Irving Penn
American, 1917–2009

Ta Tooin (The Bowery, New York), c. 1939, printed 1983

Gelatin silver print, edition of 28
30.4 x 26.7 cm (image); 35.5 x 27.7 cm (paper)
Inscribed verso: “Ref. 14032”; inscribed verso: “TA TOOIN / THE BOWERY, NEW YORK, C. 1939 [in a box]”; stamped and inscribed verso: “PHOTOGRAPH BY IRVING PENN / Copyright © 1948–Renewed 1976 by / IRVING PENN / NOT TO BE REPRODUCED WITHOUT / WRITTEN PERMISSION OF THE / PHOTOGRAPHER.”; stamped and inscribed verso: “SIGNED, SILVER PRINTS OF / THIS NEGATIVE NOT EXCEEDING 28.”; signed and stamped verso: “Irving Penn / IRVING PENN [in a circle]”; inscribed verso: “Print made 1983. / IP.”; stamped verso: “TONED IN SELENIUM.”
Gift of Irving Penn, 1996.185

Copyright The Irving Penn Foundation

Ta Tooin (The Bowery, New York)

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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. (Colin Westerbeck)

Publication History

Printemps des Artes de Monte-Carlo, Monaco. 1986. “Irving Penn.” Exh. cat. Printemps des Artes de Monte-Carlo. pl. 60. (other print of this image)

Penn, Irving. 1991. “Passage: A Work Record.” Knopf. p. 12. (other print of this image)

Westerbeck, Colin. 1997. “Irving Penn: A Career in Photography.” Exh. cat. Art Institute of Chicago/Bulfinch Press. p. 175, cat. 6.

Ownership History

Given by the artist to the Art Institute, 1996.