alexandra penney



Coming Soon

flowers: view gallery of flower photography


vanishing portraits

selections from a series of over 100 photographs. Sizes from 24" x 35" to 44" to 56"

Jasper Johns
duane michals
Duane Michals
Nathaniel Mary Quinn

Adam Weinberg

vanishing portraits: Installation, Jason McCoy Galley, New York City, Fall 2018

two-faced women

digital photographs. various dimensions

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women behind bars

digital photographs. a series of 19. various dimensions

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love dolls

an extensive series of photographs. 44"x56"

mouth candy

trophy bride

love dolls: Installation, Berlin, 2008

unholy family

selections from the series of annotated iconography. 50" x 74"

brain waves

selections from a series of photographs. dimensions up to 43"x60"

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vanishing trees

digital photographs. a series. various sizes

East Hampton


about alexandra penney

Alexandra Penney was born in Boston, Massachusetts, studied Philosophy at Smith College and received an MFA under critic Harold Rosenberg at Hunter College/CUNY in New York (1982). After graduating, she attended the Art Students League, studied painting under Norman Lewis and opened her own studio in New York.

She has worked extensively in the art and journalism worlds where she was a reporter for the New York Times Magazine, Editor in Chief of Self Magazine at Conde Nast where she conceived and executed the Pink Ribbon for Breast Cancer Awareness. She has been an editor at Vogue, Conde Nast Traveler, and Glamour.

Her practice morphed from painting to photography after she collaborated with many distinguished photographers including Irving Penn, Richard Avedon and Duane Michals. Her work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions in New York and Europe and multiple times at Art Basel Miami. She has received a New York Foundation for the Arts grant (2009), and was honored as Artist Laureate at the National Parks Service (2009-11).

In addition, she has written several New York Times best-selling books, including How to Make Love to a Man (Crown, 1995, 3 million copies) Great Sex, (Putnam, 1998) The Baglady Papers: The Priceless Experience of Losing It All (Hachette Books, 2010) and the Flowers of Evil (photographs, forthcoming). She lives and works in New York City.




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