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Irving Penn: Small Trades, which included 252 prints chronicling a wide range of tradespeople dressed naturally in their work clothing and proudly wielding the tools of their respective occupations, opened at the J. Paul Getty Museum in the fall of 2009. Penn's Small Trades series preserved a temporal moment in commerce, a visual almanac of Paris, London and New York in 1950-51. In conjunction with the exhibition, a representative book, Irving Penn: Small Trades, was produced by Getty Publications in 2009. Following the show's closing at the Getty in 2010, an abridged version of the exhibition (106 prints) traveled to the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson in Paris, as well as the Musée de l'Élysée in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Exhibition images Courtesy of the J. Paul Getty Museum, not to be reproduced without written permission from the J. Paul Getty Museum.
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