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A collector, left, makes a comment as a Christie's auction house worker holds Irving Penn's classic image of Jean Patchet that appeared at the Vogue magazine' cover in 1950, during a presentation in London, Friday May 13, 2005.
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A collector, left, makes a comment as a Christie's auction house worker holds Irving Penn's classic image of Jean Patchet that appeared at the Vogue magazine' cover in 1950, during a presentation in London, Friday May 13, 2005.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum is acquiring 100 photographs by the acclaimed portrait and fashion photographer Irving Penn.

The museum says the Irving Penn Foundation will give the Smithsonian a collection that includes rare street photographs from the 1930s and 1940s, images of post-war Europe and some of Penn's most recognizable fashion and still-life images. The gift includes portraits of figures such as Agnes de Mille, Langston Hughes and Truman Capote.

Penn is known for images he produced for Vogue magazine. The photographer previously donated 61 photographs, spanning his career from 1944 to 1986, to the museum. Penn died in 2009.

Museum Director Elizabeth Broun says the gift adds breadth and depth to the museum's holdings.

The museum plans to have an exhibition of 160 of the artist's photographs in the fall of 2015.

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