after Penn’s Guedras


Veils Suite: after Penn’s Guedras
etching & drypoint 60 x 44 cm

I was working on my Veils Suite series of prints about wrapped and veiled figures, when in some magazine now long forgotten, I came across Irving Penn’s photographs of the guedras of Morocco. They inspired several pieces; the first is this one – Veils Suite: after Penn’s Guedras. I will post some of the others over the next week or two.

I was recently reminded again of Irving Penn by Joerg at conscientous* who offers links to some bios and examples of Penn’s photographic works. My favourites are his African photographs and of course this one* that so inspired me. I also found this similar compelling and disturbing one of three rissani women which I don’t think I have seen before.

* expired links, removed

Head Dress

Veils Suite: Head Dress
collagraph 66 x 52 cm.

White Lace, Red Threads

Veils Suite: White Lace, Red Threads
etching & collagraph 76 x 56.5 cm.

Albumblatt II

Veils Suite: Albumblatt II
etching 76 x 56 cm.

Portraits II

Veils Suite: Portraits II
etching 58 x 45 cm.

Wedding Veils

Veils Suite: Wedding Veils
etching 65.5 x 45 cm.

This piece is about the contrast between the “Modern Bride” western weddings and the mass weddings of the “Moonies”, performed by Rev. Moon on thousands of couples who have never met before this day.

The Crowd

Veils Suite: The Crowd
drypoint 59 x 90.5 cm

Four from the Greek Chorus

Veils Suite: Four from the Greek Chorus
monotype 45 x 60 cm.

Three from the Greek Chorus

Veils Suite: Three from the Greek Chorus
monotype 29.5 x 56 cm.

A Greek Chorus

Veils Suite: A Greek Chorus
Monotype 60 x 90 cm.