Tambul Warrior, New Guinea

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Irving Penn
American, 1917–2009

Tambul Warrior, New Guinea, 1970, printed June 1979

Platinum-palladium print, edition 11/25
49.9 x 49.6 cm (image); 62.8 x 55.9 cm (paper); 66 x 55.9 cm (mount)
Inscribed verso: “176 / .. [in a circle]”; inscribed verso: “(NEW GUINEA 1970)”; inscribed verso: “11/25”; inscribed verso: “TAMBUL WARRIOR [underlined] / Rives Paper on Aluminum / Single coating, multiple printing / Platinum-palladium / Print made June 1979”; stamped and inscribed verso: “PHOTOGRAPH BY IRVING PENN / Copyright © 1974 by Irving Penn / Not to be reproduced without / written permission of the /copyright owner and / THE CONDE NAST PUBLICATIONS INC.”; signed and stamped verso: “Irving Penn / Hand-coated by the photographer [in a circle]”; stamped and inscribed verso: “In addition to 25 numbered prints of this image / in platinum metals, unnumbered, but signed, silver prints not exceeding a total of 20 may exist.”
Gift of Irving Penn, 1996.268

Copyright The Irving Penn Foundation

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

AIC, “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)

AIC, "Photographs by the Score: Personal Visions Twenty-Some Years Apart," October 7, 2006–January 14, 2007. (David Travis)

Publication History

Penn, Irving. 1974. “Worlds in a Small Room.” Grossman Publishers. p. 71. (other print of this image)

Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna, Turin. 1975. “I platini di Irving Penn: 25 anni di fotografia.” Exh. cat. Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna/Ages Arti Grafiche. p. 42. (other print of this image)

Szarkowski, John. 1984. "Irving Penn." Exh. cat. Museum of Modern Art/New York Graphic Society Books. pl. 110. (other print of this image)

Penn, Irving. 1991. "Passage: A Work Record." Knopf. p. 188. (other print of this image)

Hürlimann, Annemarie. 1994. “Irving Penn: Collection privée/Irving Penn: Privatsammlung.” Exh. cat. Musée d’art et d’histoire/Editions Bentali. p. 81, cat. 60. (other print of this image)

Westerbeck, Colin. 1997. “Irving Penn: A Career in Photography.” Exh. cat. Art Institute of Chicago/Bulfinch Press. p. 29, cat. 108, pl. 5.

Greenough, Sarah. 2005. “Irving Penn: Platinum Prints.” Exh. cat. National Gallery of Art/Yale University Press. pl. 50. (other print of this image)

Ownership History

Given by the artist to the Art Institute, 1996.