Lifework: Norman Parkinson's Century of Style

 

The Art of Travel (detail) by Norman Parkinson

Lifework: Norman Parkinson's Century of Style

THIS EXHIBITION RAN FROM 1 MARCH 2013 - 27 MAY 2013.

Regarded as the father of modern fashion photography, 2013 marked the centenary of Norman Parkinson’s birth. 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 covered all aspects of his long career until his death in 1990.

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

The Art of Travel 1951 Corbis/© Norman Parkinson Ltd courtesy of the Norman Parkinson Archive

 

 

  • War Horse
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
  • The Hard Problem
  • Rules for Living. Instruction image for combining people and objects
  • Parades banner for Light Shining in Buckinghamshire
  • Everyman - a figure in a bleak space with cartoon finger pointing down at his head
  • The Beaux' Stratagem - Portrait of an 18th century woman, collaged and retouched
  • The Red Lion. Blurred figure holding a football in a doorway, lit from behind
  • The Motherf**cker with the Hat. Illustration of a head with a hat but no face
  • We Want You to Watch. Female head with wide open mouth and wide open mouths for eyes
  • A Declaration from the People. A graffiti-style wall mural with the title and a sunburst on a brick wall
  • An Oak Tree. Instructional diagram of one male figure raising and lowering another with their hand, as if by magic
  • Brainstorm. Teenage boy with blue exploding head
  • Three Days in the Country: A woman's arms against a tree trunk
  • Our Country's Good: illustration of a figure in the distance with a manacle on the fore-ground
  • People, Places and Things. Superimposed photo of a woman's head with her face repeated twice, once in red once blue
  • Jane Eyre. Woman in a pale dress with an image of flames projected onto her
  • wonder.land - a grinning cartoon cat