December 9, 2014

Wonderful Fashion Photography of 1950s by Norman Parkinson

Norman Parkinson (1913 – 1990) was a celebrated English portrait and fashion photographer. He always maintained he was a craftsman and not an artist. From his early days as a photographer up to his death he remained one of the foremost British portrait and fashion photographers. His work, following the lead of Martin Munkacsi at Harper's Bazaar, revolutionised the world of British fashion photography in the '40s by bringing his models from the rigid studio environment into a far more dynamic outdoor setting. Humour played a central role in many of his photographs which often included himself. As well as magazine work he also created celebrated calendars featuring glamorous young women.

Anne Gunning outside the City Palace, Vogue, November 1956.

Anne Gunning wearing an evening dress in rose red chiffon, British Vogue, November 1956.

Audrey Hepburn, US Glamour, 1955.

Barbara Goalen, London Collections, Norman Parkinson Barbara Goalen, London Collections, British Vogue, September 1950.

Barbara Mullen at the Red Fort, British Vogue, November 1956.

Coming and Going, British Vogue, September 1958.

Floating with flowers, British Vogue, November 1956.

Fuschia - for Autumn brilliance, British Vogue, August 1957.

Honeycomb marble at the Red Fort, British Vogue, November 1956.

Knitted in Scotland, British Vogue, February 1952.

Le Groux Soeurs Hat, Vogue, 1952.

Paddy Fields in the late summer, British Vogue, November 1956.

Precision Built: jets and suits, all-British, British Vogue, February 1954.

Romantic Quality, British Vogue, February 1951.

Scandinavia (Wenda Parkinson and Furniture), British Vogue, July 1955.

Simonetta Visconti, US Vogue, 15 February 1952.

Sun and Sea, British Vogue, May 1957.

The Amber Palace, British Vogue, November 1956.

The Art of Travel, British Vogue, May 1951.

The shore temple at Mahabalipuram, British Vogue, November 1956.

The Taj Mahal seen across the swirling Jumna River, British Vogue, November 1956.

Traffic, 1957.

Woven in Scotland’, British Vogue, February 1952.

Zulu War Dance, British Vogue, 1951.

(All photos © Norman Parkinson / courtesy Norman Parkinson Archive)


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