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.



Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn, Irving Penn with Mud Glove in his darkroom, Huntington, NY, ca. 1976.  ©  The Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn Trust



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.


Neale M. Albert

Lennart Durehed

Arnold Herrmann

Tom Penn


Tom Penn
Executive Director

Alexandra Dennett
Associate Archivist

Marsha Goldberg
Accounting Manager

Matthew Krejcarek
Intellectual Property Manager

Roger W. Krueger
Collections Manager

Elsa Sánchez Garza
Associate Archivist

Dee Vitale-Henle
Associate Director

Vasilios Zatse
Associate Director