Norman Parkinson Archive

Lifework: Norman Parkinson’s Century of Style

1 March to 27 May 2013, Lyttelton Exhibition Space, National Theatre


Regarded as the father of modern fashion photography, 2013 marks the centenary of Norman Parkinson’s birth. To celebrate, the National Theatre on London's Southbank is staging a unique retrospective.

Many of the tropes that are now commonplace in print and online images – exotic locations, unexpected props and weird juxtapositions – were introduced in the extraordinary photographs he took before and after the Second World War. Beyond the glamour that for many defines his work, he was also an incisive and skilful portrait photographer. This National Theatre exhibition will cover all aspects of his long career until his death in 1990.

In association with Corbis Images, the National Theatre’s Photographic Images Partner.

Due to popular demand the exhibition was extended from the 12th to the 27th May 2013.