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<p>Wenda in fur, British Vogue, 1950</p>

Wenda in fur, British Vogue, 1950

Norman Parkinson Archive Newsletter | Winter 2013

Happy Birthday Parks!

Happy Birthday Parks!

2013 has been a very busy year to say the least – we celebrated what would have been Norman Parkinson’s 100th birthday in suitable style.

Solo exhibitions were staged at the National Theatre on London’s Southbank (in association with Corbis), with Beetles+Huxley in Piccadilly and in the beautiful surroundings of the Octagon at Milsom Place in Bath (as part of Bath in Fashion 2013). We were thrilled when fashion designer (and Norman Parkinson fan) Roland Mouret came on board to guest curate the ‘Mouvement des Femmes’ show and the Financial Times Magazine celebrated a 'legend behind the lens'. British Vogue ran a wonderful feature in their March issue commemorating Park’s remarkable contribution to the magazine. 

In addition to the UK exhibitions, Norman Parkinson’s work has been on display in New York, Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro, Moscow, Washington DC and Paris this year. He was celebrated in stamp form as an ‘Eminent Briton’ by Royal Mail and was immortalised as a Google Doodle. Quite a birthday party! 

Read more about our exhibitions and events here.

<p>&lsquo;Jump&rsquo; Pamela Minchin photographed on the Isle of Wight, wearing a Fortnum and Mason bathing suit, Harpers Bazaar, 1939.</p>

‘Jump’ Pamela Minchin photographed on the Isle of Wight, wearing a Fortnum and Mason bathing suit, Harpers Bazaar, 1939.

Looking for gift inspiration?

If you are still in search of inspiration when it comes to finding the perfect gift, have a look at the photographs available to purchase from the archive. We have an extensive range of vintage, later and posthumous prints that would make stunning Christmas presents. 

Read more about prints available to purchase here.

Christmas offer

“When I pulled that picture out of the soup it confirmed to me for the rest of my life that I had to be a photographer. I was absolutely amazed by the magic of it."
Norman Parkinson

We also have prints still available from our special centenary limited edition, ‘Jump’, released as part of the 2013 birthday festivities. This photograph of model Pamela Minchin on the Isle of Wight was taken for Harper’s Bazaar in 1939. Norman Parkinson credited this photograph as being one of the most significant of his career as it confirmed his vocation as a photographer. 

We’ve released the photograph as a hand-processed, silver gelatin print in a limited edition of 100. The normal price is £390.00 (inclusive of VAT) but we are introducing a special Christmas discount plus free delivery to UK addresses. The print is now available for £330.00 until the 21st December.

Read more about this offer here.

<p>Jerry Hall being interviewed for 'aka Norman Parkinson', December 2012</p>

Jerry Hall being interviewed for 'aka Norman Parkinson', December 2012

'aka Norman Parkinson' - BBC documentary

We were delighted to co-produce ‘aka Norman Parkinson’ with Arena, the BBC's acclaimed arts documentary series. The hour-long documentary was aired on BBC4 on the 21stApril – Park’s birthday.

Our award-winning Director, Nicola Roberts, interviewed numerous friends and colleagues from throughout Norman Parkinson’s career including Carmen Dell ‘Orefice (the original supermodel who is still very much walking the catwalk), Grace Coddington (Creative Director of US Vogue), Iman and Jerry Hall. 

The film was very well received and we were thrilled when it was shortlisted for the prestigious Grierson Documentary Awards 2013 in the ‘Best Arts Documentary’ category. We got down to the final four but had some stiff competition and unfortunately lost out to the very deserving BBC ‘Imagine’ feature on Salman Rushdie and the Fatwa. Although we didn’t win, we were more than happy for the film to be featured in such illustrious company. 

Excerpts and outtakes from the film can be viewed on our website here. The film has also been entered for other international documentary festivals. We’ll keep you posted.

<p>George Harrison in the studio at Abbey Road, 12th September 1963.</p>

George Harrison in the studio at Abbey Road, 12th September 1963.

Norman Parkinson With The Beatles

Our long awaited publication on the photo series Norman Parkinson shot of the Fab Four is due for release in 2014.

Entitled ‘Norman Parkinson with The Beatles’ (a play on the title of the album they are photographed recording), this monograph is a collection of rarely and never before seen images all taken on one day – the 12th September 1963. The Beatles were photographed at the President Hotel in Bloomsbury and in the studio at Abbey Road. In addition to the famous ‘kebab’ shot (as it was nicknamed by Parkinson), there are many behind the scenes shots of the band rehearsing and recording.

We will release further details about publication date in the new year. Keep an eye out for sneak previews coming soon.

<p>Our lovely new homepage.</p>

Our lovely new homepage.

Welcome to our new website

In September we launched our re-vamped website at www.normanparkinson.com.  We'll be keeping you up to date with all Norman Parkinson Archive news and details of upcoming exhibitions and events. We'll be continuously adding to our online archive, sharing classic Norman Parkinson images as well as little known and unseen work.

The site will be a source of information about Parkinson's work and the man himself. Details of photographs that are available for purchase can be found in the online archive. Alongside information about images, we'll be sharing ephemera and other material collected during the course of Parkinson's long career. Let us know what you think and what you would like to see on there.

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