Irving Penn died yesterday, the last of the great men fashion photographers of the mid-20th Century. Newton and Avedon each died in 2004. Lillian Bassman is still around; but she doesn't shoot. Here's why Penn's aesthetic will be missed:
Lillian Bassman is hard to define: a pioneering fashion photographer who objected to the politicization of the 1960s, an artist who destroyed all her own work, a free-thinker who objected to the women's movement.