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During his decades-spanning career Irving Penn photographed everything from fashion models to frozen food. Above, Ball Dress by Olivier Theyskens for Nina Ricci, New York, 2007. Conde Nast/Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of The Irving Penn Foundation hide caption

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For Irving Penn, Perfect Portraiture Wasn't Just For Fashion Models

Penn created many of the stark, glossy pictures of stick-thin fashion models that appeared in Vogue. He also made portraits of nudes, celebrities and also everyday objects, like cigarettes.

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This Is Where Donald Trump Played By The Rules And Learned To Beat The Game

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Kinshasa Ted Brancato
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Amoremio Bruno Marinucci Trio, Bill Evans, Randy Brecker

As worries grow over unemployment and lack of security, many Afghans are trying to go elsewhere. An Afghan National Police officer calls out the names of passport applicants at the passport office in Kabul in August. SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Anxiety Grows As Conditions Worsen In Afghanistan

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Shrewd Woman Rabih Abou-Khalil, Jarrod Cagwin et. al.

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For Taiwanese Dogs, Being Square Is Stylish

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Don't Be Cruel Instrumental Memories
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The Oral Polio Vaccine Can Go 'Feral,' But WHO Vows to Tame It

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John Adams Mines Beethoven's Mind

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Absolute Jest: I. Beginning San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas, John Adams
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Before Bright Lights And Rapid Fire, There Was 1948 And One Question

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During his decades-spanning career Irving Penn photographed everything from fashion models to frozen food. Above, Ball Dress by Olivier Theyskens for Nina Ricci, New York, 2007. Conde Nast/Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of The Irving Penn Foundation hide caption

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For Irving Penn, Perfect Portraiture Wasn't Just For Fashion Models

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I Didn't Know What Time It Was Rich Thompson
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