Norman Parkinson Archive

aka Norman Parkinson

21 April 2013

In 2013 the Archive co-produced a documentary with the BBC’s internationally acclaimed arts strand, Arena. 'aka Norman Parkinson was broadcast on BBC4 on the centenary of Parkinson’s birthday, 21st April 2013.

The one hour film features original contributions from numerous colleagues and admirers including Carmen Dell’ Orefice, Grace Coddington, Jerry Hall, Jerry Schatzberg and Terence Pepper, Curator of photographs at the National Portrait Gallery, London.

To celebrate the centenary of his birth, the Norman Parkinson Archive granted Arena access to its entire collection of over 500,000 negatives. Arena presents an amusing and visually stunning profile of this uniquely talented man with original contributions from his colleagues and admirers including Jerry Hall, Iman, Grace Coddington (American Vogue), Celia Hammond, Nena Thurman and Carmen dell’ Orefice – the world’s oldest working supermodel.

Filmed in New York and London, the documentary presents an abundance of glamorous images and explores the life and times of ‘Parks’, heir to Cecil Beaton and precursor of David Bailey, whose singular ability to tune into the vibe of the times meant he outlasted all his peers and never went out of fashion.   Parkinson became the Royal Family’s favourite photographer and brought a new informality to their portraits.  The documentary includes BBC’s fabulous archive material and interviews with Parks dating back to 1965.