I highly recommend checking out Irving Penn's medium format films. I've been staring at them for quite some time.
They are so beautiful!
Also what interests me is his unique career. It's very interesting and quite surreal. Vogue literally hired him the day he starting looking through a lens at the age of 17, till the end of his career. Vogue just fell in love and never ended the relationship. I think he's the only one (or maybe one in a few photographers ) they hired so loyally forever. Today Vogue just hires and fires all their freelance photographers, always on the search for something new, something fresh, something trendy, with the it-factor of now, Never clinging so faithfully with one. Vogue gave him the freedom to explore and experiment in a fearless environment and it shows in his beautifully diverse series, campaigns and covers.
I feel he has this open-ended experimentation in him and a constant longing to new discovery with his camera. My favorite collection of his is by far his Nudes and his corner portraits.
I was so happy to find out that the MET had a exhibition of his work so I jumped on the subway to see his portraits for the first time not via computer screen. Here are some shots of his art I love, unfortunately via screen so please go to the MET to check them out.