Norman Parkinson photography

‘Women in his fashion portfolio were classically elegant, comfortable in their own skins, and they possessed a quiet worldliness.’ Norman Parkinson, Parks, as he liked to be called, the legendary British fashion and portrait photographer who worked for Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Queen and Town & Country, had a career that spanned six decades due in great part to his extraordinary ability to reinvent himself, as Cecil Beaton once said. He was an innovator, whether it was studio or street or outdoor location, static image or action shot, his photography moved beyond the stiffness of the times and captured an easy elegance, spontaneity and liveliness, an authentic spirit of the period he shot in. ‘I like to make people look as good as they’d like to look, and with luck, a shade better.’

photos: © Norman Parkinson, more here; first quote: Vogue UK October 2009

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