Nawman Pawkinson

I make lists.

I make lists about music, lists about artists, movies, people I want to research; needless to say I’m going to need to start making lists about all the lists I have. I make these lists about things I want to better research, things I want to learn about, and information I want to share with others.
Recently I came across the name Norman Parkinson, and in the spirit of learning a little more here’s some information I’ve found to share with you.
This is a concise biography about him and some of his work.
Born in 1913 in London Educated in Westminster School; he began his career as a photographer for the courts.
In 1934 he opened his own studio with Norman Kibblewhite.
From 1935 -1940 he worked for Harper’s Bazaar and Bystander Magazine.
1947 He married actress Wenda Rogerson.
From 1945 to 1960 he was employed as a portrait and fashion photographer for Vogue.
From 1960 to 1964 he was an Associate Contributing Editor of Queen magazine. In 1963 he moved to Tobago, although frequently returned to London, and from 1964 until his death he worked as a freelance photographer.
Through out his career he insisted that he was not an artist but a craftsman, they seem similar enough but there seems to be a debate about what each means. According to many definitions, a crafstman is someone with a set of skills that he has repeated in order to become an expert in his craft. However, an artist is someone who creates from creativity and artistic inspiration, thus they may not be experts at the craft they are performing (painting, drawing etc.) but they infuse their creations with their signature style.
All-in-all, his photographs speak for themselves, they’re quirky and captivating. He plays with focus and colour, and each of his photographs leave the viewer wondering about the image they are looking at.
Adele Collins, 1959


Unpublished photo that was meant for Life Magazine


Young velvets, young prices, hat fashions. US Vogue 1949
I hope you enjoy his work as much as I do, and if you’re interested in seeing more… just click here.


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