Alexandra Penney’s career began with abstract painting and evolved into photography after working closely with Irving Penn and Richard Avedon during her years as Editor of Self magazine. Penney’s intensive technical manipulation has resulted in a wide range of photographic images with an unusual painterly quality.
A Philosophy graduate of Smith college, with an MFA from Hunter under legendary critic Harold Rosenberg, she is a grant recipient from the New York Foundation of the Arts. Penney has had numerous solo shows in New York as well as with Galerie Michael Fuchs in Berlin. Her work has been in many group shows, including several at the Flag Art Foundation in New York.
A comprehensive study of botany and small-format classical botanical prints, led her to creating assertive and erotic flowers in oversized, large-scale images. As the National Parks Artist Laureate, Penney’s prints include landscapes, particularly endangered swamps, and wetlands. Her work also focuses on controversial contemporary subject-matter that critiques present day societal issues.
While at Self magazine, (Condé Nast), Penney conceived and executed the Pink Ribbon for breast cancer awareness.