Norman Parkinson

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Renowned for taking his subjects out of the studio, Norman Parkinson broke the mould by photographing his models in outdoor settings and natural light. This took portrait and fashion photography beyond the stiff formality of his predecessors, injecting an easy and casual elegance into the art.

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British photographer Norman Parkinson (1913 – 1990) was one of the most celebrated fashion photographers of the twentieth century. He worked for a wide range of publications, notably Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Queen, Town & Country, which brought him worldwide recognition. During his sixty year career, Parkinson reinvented fashion photography, as well as himself. Starting from his spontaneous images of the 1930s, through the war years, the glamorous ‘50s and the swinging ‘60s, 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 in London. Parkinson died whilst on location in Singapore, shooting for Town & Country in 1990. 

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