Norman Parkinson Archive

Glamour and the Art of Persuasion

02 January 2014

Read an excerpt from The Power of Glamour (Simon & Schuster) by Virginia Postrel. 

The Norman Parkinson Archive was pleased to contribute two images to acclaimed author Virginia Postrel's recent publication 'The Power of Glamour: Longing and the Art of Visual Persuasion'.

As well as including two of his photographs ('The Art of Travel' and the idiosyncratically named 'Carmen's Armpit'), Postrel also quotes and investigates Norman Parkinson's theory that "the best photographers are the best liars". An article adapted from the book can be viewed on here.

This article appears on and was adapted fom The Power of Glamour (Simon & Schuster). Copyright (c) 2013 by Virginia Postrel. Reprinted by permission of Simon & Schuster.