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Vintage print. Image size is 14.5 x 11.5 inches (36.8 x 29.2 cm); paper size is 15 x 12 inches (38.1 x 30.5 cm). Condition is good, includes original retouching.

Norman Parkinson (1913-1990)
Born Ronald William Parkinson Smith, Norman Parkinson learned the basics of portrait photography while apprenticing for the British firm Speaight & Son. In 1934, he opened his own studio with another photographer, Norman Kibblewhite, who had also worked at Speaight. They called their business Norman Parkinson. When Kibblewhite left the partnership, Parkinson adopted Norman Parkinson as his own name. Specializing in presentation photographs of debutantes (apparently adored by his subjects), he continued the studio until the outbreak of World War II. In 1935, he began shooting for British Harper’s Bazaar, primarily on-location shots, leading to shoots at subjects’ homes in New York City, as well as scenic locations in Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean. In the 1930s he also began photographing for advertisements, including sittings with Lady Marguerite Strickland for the Marita fashion line. The following decade, he left the staff of Harper’s and began photographing for British Vogue and American Vogue, eventually spending six months of every year living in New York City. During the mid-1950s he worked more frequently on advertisements, including for the Young & Rubicam advertising agency’s Hunt’s Catsup campaign.[duke.edu]

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Publication: A similar head shot is included in the portfolio of Parkinson's children.
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  • The photographer Angela Williams Archive
Exhibited "The Age of Innocence" Dimbola Lodge, Julia Margaret Cameron Museum, IOW UK Spring 2011.
  • Ships From: United Kingdom
  • Shipping Dimensions: 14.5 x 11.5 in. (36.83 x 29.21 cm.)

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