For the first time in France, many preparatory photographs of the most famous series of British photographer Norman Parkinson (1913-1990) are presented.
After looking at the contact sheets and before choosing the final picture that would be retained for publication, the fashion photographer made small black-and-white prints from the negatives. We will present these originals that illuminate Parkinson’s artistic approach and are now real collector’s items. A comparable lot was sold at Christie’s London in September 2017 for £ 20,000.
Parks, as his friends called him, is one of the founders of contemporary fashion photography. In the late 1940s, he took the models out of the studios to take them to exotic places, fantastic and unexpected. This session perfectly illustrates his style, elegant, offbeat and not without a touch of British humor.
Ronald William Parkinson Smith, born in 1913, opened his first studio in London in 1934 after studying alongside Richard Speaight. Quickly, the studio installed at 1 Dover Street, became the reference in portraits with a modern and creative approach based on imaginative lighting rather than retouching done by the traditional studios. It was destroyed by the bombing of London during the war and all the negatives burned. Parkinson had started working for Harper’s Bazaar as soon as 1935 but it was especially after the war that he left a mark at Vogue, with whom he collaborated for more than thirty years.
Norman Parkinson – Vintage Sessions, 1950-1954
Until Saturday, November 17, 2018
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