The Irving Penn Foundation was established to promote knowledge and understanding of the artistic legacy of Irving Penn, including the diversity of its mediums and subject matter.

In furtherance of this mission, the Foundation’s objectives include preserving in excellent condition those works by Irving Penn that are owned by the Foundation; placing representative selections of the work of Irving Penn in the permanent collections of major institutions around the world; serving as a resource for reliable and comprehensive information about the life and work of Irving Penn; fostering high standards of quality in those publications that are authorized to reproduce the work of Irving Penn; and encouraging individuals and institutions whose artistic and scholarly endeavors advance the mission of the Foundation and uphold the values of Irving Penn.