Norman Parkinson - the Original Terry Richardson

Brit Norman Parkinson was one of the first great fashion photographers. He saw fashion as humorous, ironic, sensual, beautiful, superfluous, and decadent, but never seemed to take it, or himself, too seriously.

Here are some of the best photographs of his 60-year career, which lasted from the 30's to 1990. He is clearly ahead of his time, and his work clearly influences the work of today's finest photographers like Ines and Vinood, Mario Testino, and, because of that boyish, devilish glimmer in his eye and the raw sexuality in some of his photos, even modern-day pervert/photog Terry Richardson.

Parkinson and his wife

Vogue, November, 1956.

This one is my favorite! It's kind of hard to make out at first glance, but when you focus on the image it totally embodies carefree laughter and decadence. I would be laughing too if I had such a big diamond...

  Adèle Collins ,Vogue, 1959

Sweet Fanny Adams

"I like to make people look as good as they'd like to look, and with luck, a shade better". 
- Norman Parkinson



  1. These are all fantastic, I'd never heard of him before. Thanks for the heads up! And I like how you refer to Terry Richardson as photog/pervert... haha soo true

  2. Gorgeous photos! I want to go find his books at Selfridges or somewhere. Yeah unfortunately we now have perverts like Terry at the top.

  3. my favorites are the 5th picture, the adele collins, and the woman in wedding dress <3

  4. I'm ashamed to say I'd never heard of this wonderful man - his pictures are truly inspiring. Thanks for posting x

  5. There is a marvellous exhibition at The Julia Margaret Cameron Museum on The Isle of Wight - "Parkinson Photographs The Age of Innocence" with an introduction by Fay Weldon - until 3rd july 2011 -


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