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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Iconic Images will exhibit its full roster of world renowned photographers at Photo London, showcasing images that have never been exhibited before, including vintage works by pioneering British photographers Terry O’Neill and Norman Parkinson.Read the full article
In 1949, Norman Parkinson, already an established name in photography for British Vogue, wrote to the famed art director of American Vogue, Alexander Liberman, and asked if he “might take a few photographs” for his magazine.Read the full article
Earlier this year, Elton John announced his retirement tour and is set to travel the world to say farewell. As a testament to his legacy, Iconic Images are proud to share photographs throughout his career as captured by our photographers.Read the full article
Iconic Images is proud to present this photograph as a limited edition posthumous print, estate stamped and authenticated by the photographer’s Grandson.Read the full article