Overview

Norman Parkinson (1913-1990) was the Twentieth Century’s most celebrated fashion photographer. He pioneered epic storytelling in his images, taking portrait and fashion photography beyond the stiff formality of his predecessors and injecting an easy and casual elegance into the art. His photographs created the age of the supermodel and made him the photographer of choice for celebrities, artists, Presidents and Prime Ministers. He was a permanent fixture at historic moments photographing the British Royal Family, in private and public, as well as leading figures from the worlds of film, theatre, and music. Subjects include Audrey Hepburn, The Beatles, Twiggy, Grace Coddington, David Bowie, Iman, Jerry Hall and countless others.

Works
  • Norman Parkinson, David Bowie Pool Cue, 1982
    David Bowie Pool Cue, 1982
  • Norman Parkinson, David Bowie Vest, 1982
    David Bowie Vest, 1982
  • Norman Parkinson, Duchess Of Feria, 1982
    Duchess Of Feria, 1982
  • Norman Parkinson, Isabella Rosellini, 1982
    Isabella Rosellini, 1982
  • Norman Parkinson, Jerry Hall, Jamaica, 1975
    Jerry Hall, Jamaica, 1975
  • Norman Parkinson, Apollonia van Ravenstein, Crane Beach Hotel, Barbados, 1973
    Apollonia van Ravenstein, Crane Beach Hotel, Barbados, 1973
  • Norman Parkinson, Elizabeth Taylor Puppy, 1972
    Elizabeth Taylor Puppy, 1972
  • Norman Parkinson, Elton John blue suit, 1970
    Elton John blue suit, 1970
  • Norman Parkinson, Raquel Welch mustard couch, 1967
    Raquel Welch mustard couch, 1967
  • Norman Parkinson, Paul McCartney, 1963
    Paul McCartney, 1963
  • Norman Parkinson, The Beatles Close, 1963
    The Beatles Close, 1963
  • Norman Parkinson, The Beatles Paper, 1963
    The Beatles Paper, 1963
  • Norman Parkinson, The Beatles Smiling, 1963
    The Beatles Smiling, 1963
  • Norman Parkinson, Capital Chic, 1960
    Capital Chic, 1960
  • Norman Parkinson, Nena Von Schlebrugge, 1960
    Nena Von Schlebrugge, 1960
  • Norman Parkinson, Nena von Schlebrügge with Dogs, Vogue, 1958
    Nena von Schlebrügge with Dogs, Vogue, 1958
  • Norman Parkinson, Marie-Helene Arnaud, Vogue, 1957
    Marie-Helene Arnaud, Vogue, 1957
  • Norman Parkinson, Audrey Hepburn Bambi, 1955
    Audrey Hepburn Bambi, 1955
  • Norman Parkinson, Audrey Hepburn II, 1955
    Audrey Hepburn II, 1955
  • Norman Parkinson, Audrey Hepburn Italy, 1955
    Audrey Hepburn Italy, 1955
  • Norman Parkinson, Audrey Hepburn Italy Smile, 1955
    Audrey Hepburn Italy Smile, 1955
  • Norman Parkinson, Audrey Hepburn Pink Flowers B, 1955
    Audrey Hepburn Pink Flowers B, 1955
  • Norman Parkinson, Audrey Hepburn Pink Flowers C, 1955
    Audrey Hepburn Pink Flowers C, 1955
  • Norman Parkinson, Audrey Hepburn Pink Flowers D, 1955
    Audrey Hepburn Pink Flowers D, 1955
  • Norman Parkinson, Audrey Hepburn Table, 1955
    Audrey Hepburn Table, 1955
  • Norman Parkinson, Elizabeth Taylor Dreamy, 1953
    Elizabeth Taylor Dreamy, 1953
  • Norman Parkinson, Audrey Hepburn Lace Nightgown , 1952
    Audrey Hepburn Lace Nightgown , 1952
  • Norman Parkinson, Audrey Hepburn Pink Lace Nightgown, 1952
    Audrey Hepburn Pink Lace Nightgown, 1952
  • Norman Parkinson, Wenda and Ostriches, 1951
    Wenda and Ostriches, 1951
  • Norman Parkinson, Young Velvets, Young Prices, Hat Fashions, 1949
    Young Velvets, Young Prices, Hat Fashions, 1949
  • Norman Parkinson, Jerry Hall & Mick Jagger
    Jerry Hall & Mick Jagger
Biography

Norman Parkinson (1913-1990) was the Twentieth Century’s most celebrated fashion photographer. He pioneered epic storytelling in his images, taking portrait and fashion photography beyond the stiff formality of his predecessors and injecting an easy and casual elegance into the art. His photographs created the age of the supermodel and made him the photographer of choice for celebrities, artists, Presidents and Prime Ministers. He was a permanent fixture at historic moments photographing the British Royal Family, in private and public, as well as leading figures from the worlds of film, theatre, and music. Subjects include Audrey Hepburn, The Beatles, Twiggy, Grace Coddington, David Bowie, Iman, Jerry Hall and countless others. In a career that spanned seven decades, Parkinson dazzled the world and inspired his peers with sparkling inventiveness as a portrait and fashion photographer.

 

Parkinson worked for a wide range of publications, notably Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Town & Country and other international magazines, which brought him worldwide recognition. He reinvented himself and fashion photography throughout his career, from his ground-breaking, spontaneous images of the 1930s, through the war years and the Swinging Sixties to the exotic locations of the 1970s and 1980s. By the end of his life he had become a household name, the recipient of a CBE, Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, and the subject of a large scale retrospective at the National Portrait Gallery, London. And yet fewer than 200 of his photographs have ever been seen or exhibited outside of their initial publication and his archive of more than 500,000 images provides a historic record, rich to explore. Norman Parkinson died whist on location in Singapore shooting for Town & Country in 1990.

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