Carson McCullers


Silver print

13 11/16 × 13 5/16 in

Irving Penn (1917-2009), one of the undisputed masters of twentieth-century photography, is known for his iconic images of haute couture and still life, but also, and above all, for his magnificent portraits of the artists, writers and celebrities who marked the cultural landscape of their time.

An American novelist, Carson McCullers (1917-1967) published her first short story at the age of 20. Each of her five novels was a great success. During the Second World War, McCullers ran, in Manhattan, a literary salon, frequented by Salvador Dalí, Leonard Bernstein and W. H. Auden.

This photograph was shown for the first time by Pinault Collection in 2023 during the exhibition “Irving Penn, Artists' Portraits”, Villa Les Roches Brunes, Dinard.