HoC Loves // Irving Penn

"Captured face on, with a dewy glaze as though spontaneously plucked from an efflorescent field, the resulting images of ripe tulips on an austere backdrop are both startling and unconventionally beautiful – splayed over double-page spreads to expose their botanical splendour while hinting at their delicate, temporal morality. So successful was the series that Penn went on to photograph seven more, showcasing one species of his choice per year – from poppies to peonies, lilies and roses – which appeared in consecutive Christmas issues of Vogue until 1974, and eventually culminated in a book entitled, Flowers" 

HoC LovesAshiya Omundsen