Isabel Asha Penzlien was born and raised in Hamburg, Germany and moved to New York to study fine art photography at ICP in 1995. Her work has appeared in various publications, including Catholic, The Guardian, I-D Magazine, Index and Teen Vogue. Her photographs have been published in a number of books, both self-published and by Forsythian Press. After 3 years as the photo director at Opening Ceremony she went back to freelance photography in 2018. She lives and works in New York City.
Portraits By Isabel
Isabel Asha Penzlien established 'Portraits by Isabel' in 2009 as a means to combine her ongoing portrait projects with her love of families and interest in the portrait as a way to honor the unique value of individuals, groups and their surroundings. She brings to every portrait her many 25 years of experience, having moved through fine art, editorial and commercial contexts yet always bringing her quietly poetic sensibility to whatever it is she shoots. This sensibility makes for portraits that are a more personal and genuine reflection of home and family, with an emphasis on the process always being comfortable and fun. Her work has been published in Teen Vogue, i-D, Domino, W, Martha Stewart and the Guardian among many others. She has shot a diverse group of celebrities such as Carla Bruni, Karl Lagerfeld, Jeff Koons and Rhianna, and published several fine art books of her portraits and landscapes.
Please visit to view her commissioned family portraits.
Achtung, Alexandra Cassaniti, American Eagle, ANP Quarterly, Atlantic Records, Band Of Outsiders, Bruce, C. Chauchat, Catholic, Chance, Commons & Sense Man, CorrellCorrell, Creatures Of Comfort, Details, Dfa Records, Diana Sohn, Dummy, Elle Girl, Erin Kleinberg, Famous, Faux Real, Foam, Frankfurter Allgemeine Magazin, Gap, Hamburger Abendblatt, Harper's Bazaar Brazil, I-D, Index, Jane, Jennaea Gearhart Design, Katy Rodriguez, Martha Stewart Living, Mary Ping, Mavi Jeans, New Museum, Nike, Ninh Wysocan, Nylon, Nylon Guys, Obedient Sons & Daughters, Opening Ceremony, Pawtracks, Pin-Up, Puma, Rwd, Siki Im, Slow & Steady Wins The Race, Soma, Spex, Spike Tv, Spring And Clifton, Teen Vogue, The Blow Up, The Guardian, Third Story, V Magazine, Valentine Leung, Verte, Vibe Vixen, Vice, Vogue Girl Korea, Vogue/UK, Vonnegut/Kraft, W Magazine, Wren, Yoko Ono
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