Norman Parkinson

Audrey Hepburn

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.

Norman Parkinson Iconic News

NEW BOOK : “Norman Parkinson – Always in Fashion”

One of the greatest photographers of the twentieth century. A collection of Norman Parkinson’s greatest works, in the fields of fashion, celebrity, royalty and portraiture. Featuring many iconic images of famous faces including Audrey Hepburn, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Jean Seberg, Jerry Hall and many more.

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Coming and Going (Diptych)

EXHIBITION : The Dior Collection, Proud Galleries

Proud Galleries, 32 John Adam St, London WC2N 6BP

7th February - 7th April 2019

Proud Galleries is pleased to present The Dior Collection, an exhibition of fashion photography showcasing the legendary designs of Christian Dior and its enduring impact on the fashion world.

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Norman Parkinson Press

Royal Portraits In Vogue

As Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie of York appear together in the September issue, see some of the royal portraits in history to grace the pages of Vogue, shot by the likes of Beaton, David Bailey, Snowdon and Norman Parkinson.

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