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In 1995, the photographer Irving Penn donated his archives to the Art Institute of Chicago (AIC). Two AIC departments - the Ryerson & Burnham Library and the Department of Photography - manage the paper and photographic materials in the Penn archive. This website presents a unified view of the Irving Penn Archives, so that prints in the permanent collection can be viewed alongside of materials held in the photographic and paper archives. For example, using one of Penn's more famous sitters, Pablo Picasso, a user can view the portrait "Picasso at La Californie, Cannes, France," 1957; read Penn's notes on portraiture, and his meeting with Picasso; and also see related works such as "Catalonian dancers," shot for a Vogue magazine feature, "Picasso's Barcelona," published in July 1949.
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