The iconic lensman, who was revered as much for his still lifes as he was his classically composed portraits, has left an indelible mark on the art world.
Though he got his start with Harper's Bazaar as a designer and illustrator, Penn eventually became the longest tenured shooter in the history of Condé Nast.
His epic collaboration with the publishing house began back in 1943 when he took a color photograph of a topaz ring, a glove, a pocketbook, and a belt for the October cover of Vogue.
He then went on to shoot another 150 covers and countless feature photos for the magazine over a 50-year span.
In addition to his magazine work, Penn also produced 11 art books and was featured in museums and galleries galore. Among them were the Museum of Modern Art, the National Portrait Gallery, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
His unique way of shooting - in which he isolated the subject and invoked a sense of restraint within each frame - was considered an almost anti-fashion approach to photography yet it was this calmness that was also one of the more admired qualities of his repertoire.
He also had a love of richness - not so much tangible wealth but character saturation. His life's work took him from fashion houses in Paris to remote villages in New Guinea, Peru, and Morocco where he photographed the locals with cultural curiosity but sans ego.
Of course given his life's travels, no one had more of an affect on Penn than the stunning Lisa Fonssagrives (who is featured in one of the photographer's more iconic fashion portraits "Woman With Roses on Her Arm" above). Admittedly Penn's favorite model, they married in 1950 and she remained his wife until her passing at the age of 80 in 1992.