As the representative of one of history’s most influential and prolific photographers, The Irving Penn Foundation takes very seriously its responsibility to uphold and enhance the legacy of Irving Penn.
To ensure that Penn’s work continues to inspire creative minds and inform the art of photography, the Foundation is committed to fostering quality reproductions with publishers and making his work accessible to audiences and scholars around the world.
The Foundation owns all of the copyrights owned by Penn at the time of his death in 2009 and is the sole entity authorized to license those copyrights. For historical reasons, selected Penn copyrights are jointly managed by third parties and may be licensed for reproduction by them. If you are uncertain about the appropriate party to grant a license for the reproduction of a Penn image, the Foundation may be able to provide information to you.
In order for your request to be processed, kindly fill in the form below as completely as possible so that we may carefully evaluate your proposed use. If you are unable to submit your request online using the form, please email the details of the proposal to Matthew Krejcarek at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Foundation will review submitted information and be in touch with you as quickly as possible—if your request is approved, a written licensing agreement will be issued. Please note that, due to the volume of requests received, this process of review typically takes up to three weeks and advance notice is required to properly facilitate permission.
As part of the protocol, licensees of Penn images are expected to observe the following guidelines: the licensed image must be shown in its entirety without cropping or overlay of type; the Foundation must be given the opportunity to review and approve the final design layout (including facing pages), credit lines, and any accompanying text for accuracy at least one week in advance of publication or public release; and copies of the item(s) in which a Penn image is licensed must be provided to the Foundation for its archival repository upon request. These guidelines are binding legal requirements for images licensed by the Foundation, and in cases where an invoice is issued, no grant of reproduction rights is effective until payment of the required licensing fee is made in full and received by the Foundation. Revenues generated through licensing fees support an increasing number of the Foundation’s philanthropic initiatives and educational activities.