THE ALIEN | COSPLAY BY | Naomi

THE ALIEN | COSPLAY BY | Naomi

The Penn Project: Models of a New Era

“I can get obsessed by anything if I look at it long enough. That’s the curse of being a photographer.”
— Irving Penn

"The Penn Project" is a collection of Cos-players featuring the Grey Cinema Curtain purportedly used by Irving Penn.  

Irving Penn was a quintessential master of Fashion photography and the principle photographer for Vogue magazine for many decades. With the Penn Project, I wanted to capture a different type of model of the era; The Cos-player.

In the world of Cosplay, the realm is filled with a diverse community driving the social norm to new levels. I wanted to embrace the populace and introduce it to vintage Vogue.

Shot exclusively with an Olympus Pen F and an Olympus M.Zuiko 12 - 40 mm 2.8 lens, the Curtain was reborn to provide a home to classic characters from Samurai Jack's Aku, various Anime & video games to the Independent film, Worst Case Scenario" by Richard Raaphorst.

At the request of some Cos-players, their names have been withheld to embrace their true commitment to the Character,

For more information on Irving Penn, please visit: www.irvingpenn.org


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Aku

Inspired by Samurai Jack

Aku and one of the seven Demon Hybrid Humanoid Daughters

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Alex Louis Armstong

Inspired by the Anime Series of Full Metal Alchemist

COSPLAY BY | Ryan

The Badlands Joker

Inspired by Badlands the Video Game and The Joker by DC Comics

COSPLAY BY | Chris

Candy Girl

Inspired from the Purge - Election Year Film

COSPLAY BY | Jane

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Captain America

Inspired by Captain America & The Justice League by Marvel Comics

COSPLAY BY | Vorian - Founder & Chairman of "Cap for Kids"

Ms. Captain America

A "Retro Gender-Bend" Inspired by Captain America & The Justice League by Marvel Comics

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Cersei Lannister

Inspired by Game of Thrones

Queen Dowager, Lady of Casterly Rock, Lady Paramount of the Westerlands and Queen Regent of the Seven Kingdoms

COSPLAY BY | Jax

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Child of Light

Inspired by the "Child of Light" Video Game

COSPLAY BY | Katie

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Davy Jones

Inspired by the Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Man's Chest Film Portrayed by Bill Nighy

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Daenerys Targaryen

Inspired by Game of Thrones

Her Full Title as of Season 7 is:

"Daenerys of the House Targaryen, the First of Her Name, The Unburnt, Queen of the Andals, the Rhoynar and the First Men, Queen of Meereen, Khaleesiof the Great Grass Sea, Protector of the Realm, Lady Regnant of the Seven Kingdoms, Breaker of Chains andMother of Dragons”.

COSPLAY BY | Magdelina

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Finn Baylor

Inspired by the WWE Wrestler Finn Baylor

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Legend of Korra

Inspired by Legends of Korra - Air Nomad Avatar Aang

COSPLAY BY | Theo

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Little Finger

Inspired by Game of Thrones

Lord Peter Baelish of the Vale of Arryn and House Baelish.

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Man Bat

Inspired by Dr. Kirk Langstrom of Batman, the Animated Series (1992)

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Negan

Inspired by The Walking Dead

A "Gender-bend" of the fictional character, Negan who is the Leader of the Saviors, a group that "trades" with others.

Pictured here with "Lucille", the barbed-wire bat commonly referred to as "my wife".

"Take it like a champ." - Negan

COSPLAY BY | Gabi

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Newt Scamander

Inspired by J.K. Rowling's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

A Member of the Beast Division, Ministry of Magic and Magizoologist.

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Outlander

Inspired by Outlander (Starz Network)

Claire & Jamie Fraser - Featured here in their traditional Scottish Highlander kilt, "Feileadh Mhor".

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Pennywise

Inspired by the Stephen King Book "IT"

"You can fly too..."

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Priestest

Inspired by the Day of the Dead

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Red Hood

Inspired by DC Comics

Red Hood is the murderous anti-hero who hates Batman as portrayed in Arkham Knights.

COSPLAY BY | Alec Rost

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Prince Robot IV

Inspired by the Image Comics Saga Series

Prince Robot IV is a member of the Royal Family Kingdom who fought at Threshold None

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The Stalk

Inspired by Image Comics Saga Series

The Stalk is a Bounty Hunter

COSPLAY BY | Dana Paige

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Silent Hill Nurses

Inspired by the film Silent Hill Film & Video Games

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Spider Girl - Cindy Moon

Inspired by Marvel Comics Spider Girl Series

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Stranger Things

Inspired by Netflix' Stranger Things Series, the Cosplay encompasses the famed light wall and the Demogorgon Monster.

Fotographed sans Irving Penn Curtain as the Ivy Wall was proved to be a more stable background for the Cosplay.

COSPLAY BY | Maria

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Super Lex Luthor

Inspired by DC Comics Superman Series

Alexander Joseph "Lex" Luthor is a fictional super villain. Lex Luthor is a wealthy, power-mad American business magnate, ingenious engineer, philanthropist to the city of Metropolis and one of the most intelligent people in the world.

COSPLAY BY | Jamal

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Tonto

Inspired from Lone Ranger -Johnny Depp Characterization

A Native American of Potawatomi Nationand companion to the Lone Ranger.

COSPLAY BY | Roy

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Twilek Jedi Dancer

Inspired by Star Wars

COSPLAY BY | Go-Go Incognito

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Wonder Woman

Inspired by DC Comics Diana, Princess of the Amazons - Wonder Woman

COSPLAY BY | Rx Barbie

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Zodiac Wars - Warrior Rabbit

Inspired by the Anime series, "Zodiac Wars: Warrior of the Rabbit"

COSPLAY BY | Travis

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Zoe the Zombat

From the Indie film, "Worst Case Scenario" directed by Richard Raaphorst.