art // flowers by irving penn

i was very excited to see a few of irving penn's photographs from his flower series, circa the 1960s, at the gucci museum in florence a few weeks ago. i love how their stark contrast highlights each flower's more unusual beauty; penn injected some deep emotion into these blossoms, showing their darker side. i'm really into older studio shots lately. i also bought a few vintage books in italy i will share here very soon.