Irving Penn photographed the century’s leading personalities: artists, dancers, filmmakers, musicians, architects, and writers. In 1950, he made the first of his 27 seasons in Fashion Design, and in 1964 restored the platinum-palladium technique, a development with velvety tones, which had been abandoned since 1900. With an intensely straightforward vision, Penn methodically created fashion designs, still life, nudes and ethnographic subjects (natives of Peru, Nepal etc.). The New York Museum of Modern Art hosted an Irving Penn retrospective in 1984. This photo was initially a sketch on a wrinkled page of a dairy, and sent by mail. After the surprise suggestion, total liberty was given to the artist.