The Irving Penn Foundation was established to promote knowledge and understanding of the artistic legacy of Irving Penn, including the diversity of techniques, mediums, and subject matter the artist explored.
In furtherance of this mission, the Foundation’s objectives include preserving in excellent condition those works by Penn that are owned by the Foundation; placing representative selections of Penn's work in the permanent collections of major institutions around the world; serving as a resource for reliable and comprehensive information about the artist's life and work; fostering high standards of quality in those publications that are authorized to reproduce the artist's work; and encouraging individuals and institutions whose artistic and scholarly endeavors uphold Penn's values and advance the mission of the Foundation.
The Irving Penn Foundation is the largest repository of Irving Penn's work. The collection includes photographic prints, negatives, transparencies, ephemera, studio equipment, paintings, and drawings.
The contents of the archive are still being processed. As a result, they are not yet accessible to researchers. The Foundation may, on a case by case basis, respond to questions or make selected materials available to scholars, curators, conservators, and researchers.
Board of Directors
Neale M. Albert
Intellectual Property Manager
Roger W. Krueger
Elsa Sánchez Garza