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Norman Parkinson

After finding out about David Bailey and Jean Shrimpton, I was pleased to discover another seminal 1960s photographer, Normal Parkinson. There was an exhibition on him in Bristol just now, showing some of the prints in public for the first time. Parkinson, who was slightly before Bailey (he started work at Vogue in 1942 and the peak of his career was the 50s and early 60s) is widely credited with being one of the first photographers to shoot models on location and not in the studio. I really do love some of the movement in these pictures! and the cat in the first one, or course!

Photo sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.

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  • ana b 18 March 2012, 8:06 am

    Gorgeous. I love the self-contained, cool, controlled glamour the photos exude.

  • Scruffybadger 18 March 2012, 8:32 am

    Franca, thank you so much for pointing out this exhibition! I LOVE Norman Parkinson & as a student remember adorning my walls with black & white postcards of his photos. I am so excited that the exhibition is still going on, a big thank you!
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  • Terri 18 March 2012, 10:27 pm

    Yes, that cat most definitely caught my eye…as did the pink mohair coat!
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  • Andi B. Goode 19 March 2012, 7:19 am

    I love Norman Parkinson’s photos so much! There is at least one book out on his photos that I would love to have.
    -Andi x
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  • Angela Williams 19 March 2012, 8:29 am

    The Norman Parkinson Exhibition AN EYE FOR FASHION is continuing until 15th April 2012 at MShed Bristol – There is a Vintage weekend next weekend 24th with a Vintage clothes market and
    Photographer Matilda Temperley is doing a photoshoot – an opportunity to be photographed – in your vintage gear and buy a digital print at the venue –
    The Exhibition shows vintage photographs from a larger Portfolio of the Designers of British Fashion 1950-1964 from the pages of Vogue and Queen Magazine as well as costumes from the Bristol Museums Collection –

  • Dora 19 March 2012, 1:34 pm

    I adorar Norman Parkinson’s vintage pictures. so inspiring.

  • Delaby 28 November 2013, 7:41 am


    I love the pictures of Norman Parkinson especially the one with the women with the spotted hat.
    Where can I buy this picture?