Portraits of Style Icons by Norman Parkinson

Norman Parkinson (1913-1990) is one of the greatest photographers of the twentieth century. He started his career in 1931 and soon developed his own distinctive style. In nearly sixty years, the photographer built up an innovative and extensive oeuvre. He played an important role in the change of fashion photography. Parkinson’s work reflects the style development of the last century. You can see images of all kinds of decades: the pre-World War II, the sobriety of the 1940s, the New Look of Paris in the 1950s, the Swinging Sixties in London and the glitz & glamour of the 70s and 80s.

Parkinson received international recognition for his pioneering approach to extracting female models from the static studio and photographing them in the open air or in exotic locations. His dynamic, spontaneous and elegant style allowed him to photograph a large number of leading fashion magazines, including Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue. As a renowned portrait and fashion photographer, Parkinson has put in front of his camera numerous supermodels, writers, musicians, artists, actors and members of the British royal family.

Photographs by Norman Parkinson are often presented in expositions worldwide. Instagram account norman_parkinson is sharing his images. Here is a short retrospective of some of the style icons of the 20th century who had posed for his portraits.