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shares 391 Never-before-seen photos by late fashion photographer Irving Penn go on display in new exhibit - offering a unique glimpse into the world of the famed Vogue snapper Irving Penn had a 60-year-long career before dying at the age of 92 in 2009 He shot many of Vogue magazine's iconic covers, photographing such beauties as Audrey Hepburn, Isabella Rossellini, and Nicole Kidman His work will be on display in an exhibit called 'Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty' at the Smithsonian starting in October By CARLY STERN FOR DAILYMAIL.COM PUBLISHED: 22:26 GMT, 14 September 2015 | UPDATED: 22:42 GMT, 14 September 2015 Fashion models get a lot of attention, but it takes a skilled photographer to set up the iconic shots that earn them fame in fashion campaigns and on magazine covers - and few photographers were as skilled and accomplished as Irving Penn. Before his death at the age of 92 in 2009, Irving had a 60-year career that saw him shooting not just top models but some of the most influential names in fashion, film, art, and literature of the twentieth century. Now, some never-before-seen photos from his archives are set to go on display in a new exist at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., starting October 23. 18 View comments

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Never-before-seen photos by late fashion photographer Irving Penn go on display in new exhibit - offering a unique glimpse into the world of the famed Vogue snapper

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    Never-before-seen photos by late fashionphotographer Irving Penn go on displayin new exhibit - offering a unique glimpseinto the world of the famed Voguesnapper

    Irving Penn had a 60-year-long career before dying at the age of 92 in2009

    He shot many of Vogue magazine's iconic covers, photographingsuch beauties as Audrey Hepburn, Isabella Rossellini, and NicoleKidman

    His work will be on display in an exhibit called 'Irving Penn: BeyondBeauty' at the Smithsonian starting in October

    By CARLY STERN FOR DAILYMAIL.COM

    PUBLISHED: 22:26 GMT, 14 September 2015 | UPDATED: 22:42 GMT, 14 September 2015

    Fashion models get a lot of attention, but it takes a skilled photographer to set up the iconicshots that earn them fame in fashion campaigns and on magazine covers - and fewphotographers were as skilled and accomplished as Irving Penn.

    Before his death at the age of 92 in 2009, Irving had a 60-year career that saw him shooting notjust top models but some of the most influential names in fashion, film, art, and literature of thetwentieth century.

    Now, some never-before-seen photos from his archives are set to go on display in a new existat the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., starting October 23.

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  • Shooting beauty: Photographer Irving Penn is most known for his iconic fashion photography, which often appeared in Voguemagazine

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  • True love: His most-photographed subject, Swedish model Lisa Fonssagrives, was also his wife; the two met on a fashion assignmentin 1947

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  • He got his start working for Saks Fifth Avenue but made quite a career at Vogue after joining the magazine in 1943

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  • Mixing it up: His 60-year-long career was marked by beautifully stylish photographs as well as still-life

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  • Capturing the moment: He shot many famous actors and singers, including Leontyne Price (pictured), who he worked with in 1961

    The exhibit, called 'Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty', includes both color and black-and-white snapsfrom his impressive career.

    Irving started out as an art director for Saks Fifth Avenue department store in New York Citybefore getting a job at Vogue in 1943, where he shot several of the magazine's iconic covers.

    His first such cover, in October of 1943, featured no model at all, but a collection of stylishaccessories including a pair of cloves, a bag, and a brown belt.

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  • Not just fashion: Irving shot many major influences in art and literature as well, like Truman Capote (pictured) in 1979

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  • Seriously artistic: Some of his still-life pictures featured animals, clothing, and food

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  • So much style: He was particularly good at shooting clothing and accessories like this Dior kerchief glove; his first Vogue cover was anarray of fashionable accessories

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  • Food for thought: Though he began his career at Saks Fifth Avenue, he didn't exclusively shoot fashion

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  • Putting brush to canvas: Irving, who was born in 1917 in New Jersey, was also a skilled painter

    Irving shot many artistic still life photographs, most notably of food, but he is best known for his stunning pictures of famous subjects.

    He photographed actors Audrey Hepburn, Isabella Rossellini, Nicole Kidman, and Philip Seymour Hoffman, writer T.S. Eliot, and fellow fashionphotographer Richard Avedon.

    A fixture in the fashion industry, he also took famous portraits of designers Olivier Theyskens and Paloma Picasso and models Pat Cleveland, ShalomHarlow, and Jean Patchet.

    His most frequent model muse, though, was his wife, Swedish stunner Lisa Fonssagrives, whomhe snapped many times over the course of their marriage and his career.

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  • Great names: Some of his most iconic pictures are of famous actresses like Audrey Hepburn, Isabella Rossellini, Nicole Kidman

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  • Artists love artists: He also occasionally shot artists like Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali (pictured)

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  • Long lasting: He was married to his wife Lisa for 42 years, until she died at the age of 80 in 1992

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  • Totally dedicated: Also spent a brief stint at Harpers Bazaar in 1937 and 1938 but was unpaid for his work as an assistant there

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  • Outside the lines: Some of his artwork is more abstract, like this piece, called 'Head in Ice', that he painted in 2002

    The new photos on display at the Smithsonian, include some famous faces - like his wife Lisa,Truman Capote, Salvador Dali, and singer Leontyne Price - as well as some more fashion-forward picks, like an Olivier Theyskens for Nina Ricci ball gown, a Dior kerchief glove, and amouth decorated with multiple shades of lipstick.

    His penchant for food photography makes an appearance, too, with stacked frozen food and avery raw - and very alive - rooster.

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  • There are some unknown subjects as well, including a young boy in the South in 1941 and asitting Enga woman in 1970 New Guinea.

    Pretty faces: Irving also shot major models of the day like Pat Cleveland, Shalom Harlow, and Jean Patchet

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  • Interesting people: Not all of his subjects were known, including this woman shot in New Guinea in 1970

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  • Fascinating: Irving wasn't afraid to try new things and break the rules, like shooting model Jean Patchett through a glass bottle in 1949

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  • Just Irving: He also photographed himself, taking this self-portrait through a cracked mirror in 1986

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