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Norman Parkinson: Iconic British Photographer

I must be living under a rock.  How have I not been obsessed with British photographer, Norman Parkinson, all these years?  I received an email today that included one of his photos and was immediately taken with it and felt compelled to look into his work.  

Oh. My. Goodness.

I have actually seen many of his images before but never knew who they were by.

Turns out, Norman Parkinson is the Richard Avedon of Britain.  He heavily influenced, many would say revolutionized, British fashion photography while shooting editorial photos for Vogue and Harpers Bazaar for more than half a century.  He took the genre of fashion photography out of the studio and into the world.  One of his most notable shoots was in India in 1956 for Vogue incorporating not only the local landscape and monuments but the local people as well.  This was groundbreaking for the time.  The vibrant colors of the country popped off the pages prompting Diana Vreeland to herald "Pink as the new Navy" and credit him for the discovery!

Parkinson also became a favorite of the Royal Family, photographing Princess Anne's wedding as well as other portraits of the family over the years.  He died in 1990 while on assignment for Town and Country Magazine.

Parkinson never considered himself to be an artist, calling himself a "craftsman" instead.  

Well, with no disrespect to Mr. Parkinson, I beg to differ.

Vogue - India 1956

Norman Parkinson

Vogue Cover 1956

Vogue - India 1956

Vogue - India 1956

On location in the Soviet Union

British Vogue

Vogue - India 1956

British Vogue 1957

Queen Magazine 1956  (btw this is Nena Von Schlebrugge - Uma Thurman's mother)

Florence, Italy

Jacques Fath Gown in Vogue 1951

London, England 

Portrait of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret