Still Life

Underpinning all of Penn's work as a photographer is his special talent in the still life genre, to which he applied his signature resolve to prune away anything that did not contribute to the picture. From his earliest work at Vogue through to his latest series of personal work, this resulted in powerful images that invite contemplation with their acute awareness of objects and their placement.

Penn frequently included elements of memento mori and selected subject matter that could, at first glance, seem unworthy of close examination, which give his images a "bite" that lingers.