Norman Parkinson Archive

Della Oake photographed wearing a Norman Hartnell ball gown at Clytha Park, Monmouthshre. Vogue, 1951


In addition to photographic prints, the Archive holds the original negatives and transparencies shot by Parkinson over the course of his long career. There are approximately 500,000 images dating from the mid 1930s to 1990.

Parkinson was prolific, working virtually continuously for over fifty-five years. The Archive contains negatives, transparencies and prints produced during this time (with the exception of his negatives from the 1930s which were destroyed when his studio was damaged during the Second World War).

The Archive is in the ongoing process of digitising the many thousands of images it holds and is continually expanding the collection. New images and contextual information are added to the digital archive on a weekly basis.

The digital archive is being developed in order for Parkinson’s images to be accessible for syndication, research and, as the original film stock deteriorates as it ages, to ensure that irreplaceable pictures are preserved for future generations.

How to license images 

The Norman Parkinson Archive has the worldwide, exclusive right to licence and print images by Norman Parkinson. The majority of Parkinson’s images are available for syndication. The Archive is also represented by Getty Images.

The Archive regularly works with a range of publishers, designers, museums and film and TV production companies as well as supplying images to magazines and newspapers around the world.

A small selection of images are displayed in the online portfolio on the website and are searchable by date, designer, model and keyword.

The Norman Parkinson Archive does not currently have a database which is accessible to the public. If you would like to license a specific image or are researching a particular theme, please get in touch with the Archive directly and we will be able to advise you in regards to available material, terms and conditions and licensing fees.

Please contact us if you have a syndication enquiry.