1950s Fashion Photography by Norman Parkinson

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.

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

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

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Barbara Mullen. Delhi, India, November 1956

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Carmen dell Orefice, Vogue, July, 1959

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Gorgeus 1950s Vintage Fashion Photography

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‘Black and White’, Mary Jane Russell, Le Pavillon, New York, Harper’s Bazaar, 1950 by Lillian Bassman

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Henry Clarke, Suzy Parker wearing Givenchy, 1952

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Carmen Dell’Orefice in Paris, 1950s, photo by Richard Avedon

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Dorian Leigh wearing Madame Grés by Henry Clarke in 1955

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By Night, Shining Wool and Towering Heel. Evelyn Tripp, New York, Harper´s Bazaar, 1954 photo Lillian Bassman

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Traina-Norell dress 1957, photo by Karen Radkai (model could be Sunny Harnett)

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