Norman Parkinson was one of the first great fashion photographers. The Brit saw fashion as humorous, ironic, sensual, beautiful, superfluous, and decadent, but never seemed to take it, or himself, too seriously.
Here are some of the best photographs of his 60-year career, which lasted from the 1930's to 1990. He was way ahead of his time, and his work clearly influences the work of today's finest photographers like Ines and Vinood, Mario Testino, and, because of that boyish, devilish glimmer in his eye and the raw sexuality in some of his photos, even modern-day pervert/photog Terry Richardson.
"I like to make people look as good as they'd like to look, and with luck, a shade better".
- Norman Parkinson
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