A Collection of Vintage Photos By One of Swedens Greatest Photographers Georg Oddner

Georg Mirskij Oddner (1923 – 2007) was one of Swedens greatest photographers from the 20th century.

Oddner was a jazz musician and studying advertising in the 1940s when he first came into contact with photography through John Melin, art director at Svenska Telegrambyrån in Malmö, the largest advertising agency in Scandinavia. From there, Oddner began working a variety of advertising jobs, including industry, architecture, and clothing, as well as for SAS.

In the mid-1950s Oddner traveled to California, South America, the Soviet Union, and the far east. During these travels he was able to pursue photography for his own purposes. He predominantly used Hasselblad and Leica equipment.

His favorite photographers included Henri Cartier-Bresson and Richard Avedon.

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Anita Ekberg by Georg Oddner, 1951 via

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Georg Oddner Paris, 1952 via

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Vintage Photos of Glamorous 1950s Model Suzy Parker

When modeling agent Eileen Ford met the model Dorian Leigh’s fifteen-year-old redhead sister, in 1948, she ‘almost fainted with delight’. Suzy Parker became a prominent model of her times who, with her high dimpled cheeks, short flame hair and dark blue eyes, captured the attention of the most famous photographers such as Richard Avedon who believed ‘she was something else – a redheaded force of nature, a wolf in chic clothing, the one flesh-and-blood woman in a world of exquisite creatures’ (source).

Her modeling career reached its zenith during the 1950s. She appeared on the cover of dozens of magazines and in advertisements and starred in movie and television roles.

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Suzy Parker in Harpers Bazaar, wearing a little feathery hat. Photograph by Richard Avedon via

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 Suzy Parker for Mauboussin. Photograph by Henry Clarke, 1953 via

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Suzy Parker 1955 in Lillian Bassman’s photograph The V‐Back Evenings. Lillian Bassman/Harper’s Bazaar via

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Suzy Parker, Etole Leopard, Paris. Photograph by Georges Dambier, 1952 via

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Suzy Parker wears Dior Haute Couture. American Vogue. Photograph by Horst P. Horst, 1952 via

Fashion Photography by Norman Parkinson (1950s)

From his early days as a photographer up to his death Norman Parkinson 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 1940s 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.

From 1935 to 1940 he worked for Harper’s Bazaar and Bystander magazines. During the Second World War he served as a reconnaissance photographer over France for the Royal Air Force. In 1947 he married the actress and model Wenda Rogerson. From 1945 to 1960 he was employed as a portrait and fashion photographer for Vogue.  

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Norman Parkinson Zulu War Dance, British Vogue, 1951 via

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 Ms Wenda Rogerson shot for Vogue, South Africa, 1951 © Norman Parkinson. Courtesy Norman Parkinson Archive, normanparkinson.com via

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Anne Gunning in dress by Susan Small, photo by Norman Parkinson (India feature) for Vogue UK, Dec 1956 via

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Barbara Mullen. Delhi, India, November 1956 via

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Carmen dell Orefice, Vogue, July, 1959 via

Marilyn Monroe by Cecil Beaton (1956)

British photographer Cecil Beaton (1904-1980) became famous for his beautiful portraits of Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo and Elizabeth Taylor ect.

Although associated with Vogue though most of his career, Beaton’s Monroe portfolio appeared in Harper’s Bazaar, for whom he worked in the mid 1950s. It was whilst in New York for the rehearsals and premiere of My Fair Lady that Beaton photographed Monroe. With a possibility that he would be the designer of Monroe’s dresses for The Prince and The Showgirl, Beaton arranged a photography sitting in his suite in the Ambassador Hotel on 22 February 1956. Pfizenmaier, Beaton’s assistant, noted that Monroe did her own make-up and ‘came just by herself, with these two little dresses… it was as simple as that.’ Beaton recalled ‘She romps, she squeals with delight, she leaps on the sofa. She puts a flower stem in her mouth… It is an artless, impromptu, high-spirited, infectiously gay performance. It will probably end in tears.’ The session produced one of Monroe’s favourite portraits which hung in her New York apartment that she shared with her third husband Arthur Miller (source).

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Marilyn Monroe by Cecil Beaton via

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Marilyn Monroe by Cecil Beaton via

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Marilyn Monroe by Cecil Beaton via

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Marilyn Monroe by Cecil Beaton via

A Model Wearing Christian Dior Fashions in Venice (1951)

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A model wearing Christian Dior fashions in Venice, 3rd June 1951. (Photo by Archivio Cameraphoto Epoche/Getty Images) via

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A model in a Christian Dior outfit outside the Santa Maria Della Salute church, Venice, 3rd June 1951. (Photo by Archivio Cameraphoto Epoche/Getty Images) via

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A model wearing Christian Dior fashions on the Piazza San Marco in Venice, 3rd June 1951. St Mark’s Campanile and the column bearing a winged lion are visible in the background. (Photo by Archivio Cameraphoto Epoche/Getty Images) via

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A model wearing Christian Dior fashions in Venice, 3rd June 1951. (Photo by Archivio Cameraphoto Epoche/Getty Images) via

A Map From The Vendor

A street vendor sells a map to a model in a Christian Dior outfit on the Piazza San Marco, Venice, 3rd June 1951. (Photo by Archivio Cameraphoto Epoche/Getty Images) via