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Norman Parkinson: Portraits in Fashion Paperback – June 1, 2011

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"More than any other photographer, he captured the charm, intelligence, and humor of great feminine beauty, qualities abundantly on display here. . . . Parkinson always insisted that he was a craftsman, not an artist, and he'd have dismissed the critic John Russell Taylor's assessment that he was Sargent's 'logical successor.' We shouldn't."  —Atlantic Monthly


"Fine reproduction of the photos and Muir's excellent essay add sturdy reinforcement."  —Library Journal

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Photographer Norman Parkinson was both a superb craftsman and a consummate artist. From his Þrst shoot in 1935, he brought a dramatic glamour, bold inventiveness, and daring new sense of individuality to the fashion portrait. “If a girl looks like a model,” he said, “she is not for my lens.” Parkinson’s ideal was embodied by sitters like Jerry Hall, Iman, and Appollonia van Ravenstein. His long association with VOGUE, and his many assignments for HARPER’S BAZAAR, QUEEN, and other international magazines, brought him both fame and recognition. In return, he gave the fashion world ineffable style. This stunning volume—organized by decade and illustrated with fashion plates, portraits, and contact sheets—is a lavish record of a career that encompassed—and informed—Þve decades of fashion. Robin Muir, a fashion curator, is the co–editor of People in Vogue and Unseen Vogue. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Palazzo Editions (June 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956444865
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956444868
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.7 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,615,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Henry Berry on September 28, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Beginning his career in the 1930s, the British photographer Norman Parkinson practically invented the genre of fashion photography with his bold, elegant, and imaginative photographs in the magazines Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Town and Country, and others. Robin Muir, former picture edition of the British "Vogue," follows Parkinson's career with an introduction and with an essay and gallery of representative photographs from each decade from the 1930s to the '80s. Parkinson died in 1990 while on location for a photo shoot. Parkinson managed to remain at the center of the highly-competitive field of fashion photography for the most demanding fashion magazines because his photographic genius was such that he adapted to the styles, celebrities, imagination, and interests of each decade without loosing his exceptional, uncompromising gift. His buoyant, mannerly personality going with his self-evident professionalism played a part in this. A Parkinson photograph from the 1980s stands out as clearly as one from the beginning of his career in the 1930s, as does one from any other decade. This finely-produced art book with informative and knowledgeable text and over 100 full-page photos, most in color, is a fitting commemoration of this incomparable fashion photographer who left an indelible mark on the field.
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Norman Parkinson was one of the most amazing photographers. His career spanned from the 1930s through the 1980s and he worked with many of the biggest celebrities of each decade and some of the most prominent magazines. His photos were artistic, clear, symmetrical, and showed a mastery of light. This book is an exhibition of his talents in fashion photography. It is forewarded by model Iman. The book overviews each decade and proceeds with amazing photographs from each era.

There are photos of major stars like Iman, Noel Coward, Audrey Hepburn, Ava Gardner, Raquel Welch, Jerry Hall, Appollonia, and Bianca Jagger. There are advertisements from major magazines like Harpers Bazaar, Vogue, Life, Queen, and Town and Country.
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an interesting selection of lesser known but very intriguing fashion photos spanning several generations. you are sure to find some new favorites among them.
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