Friday, 5 April 2013
Lifework: Norman Parkinson
Yesterday I went up to London for a girly day out with my Mum. As well as a spot of shopping, lots of food and cocktail breaks and seeing the amazing Billy Elliot, we also went along to the National Theatre to see the Norman Parkinson 'Lifework' exhibition. I didn't know too much about Norman Parkinson's work before the exhibition, although I soon realised I had seen much of his work in old Vogues but never realised it was his. He is one of the twentieth century's best known British fashion photographers and created stunning photographs for over 50 years. Aswell as countless iconic images in fashion magazine such as Vogue and Queen, his work included celebrities, artists, actors and even the royal family. He is best known for bringing the fashion shoot outside of the rigid studio environment and taking it into an outdoors setting. His work often focuses on exotic and exciting locations and he traveled all over the world to gain the most elusive shot. These photographs in beautiful and exotic locations have to be my favourite of his work as they were truly revolutionary for the time. Much of his work epitomises the glamour of the decade, whilst also giving an element of humour. From glamourous ladies in New York in the 40's to posing with an elephant in India in the 50's, Parkinson was truly diverse. The exhibition showcases his early work from the 1930's right through to his latest work before his death in the 1980's. What really surprised me is that many of the images taken years ago look like they could appear in Vogue today, the technicality of the photos were extremely advanced for the time and many of the photographs could have been taken today. I would highly recommend popping along to the exhibition if you are in London, it is on until the 12th May and is completely free!