Saturday, 20 April 2013


So, a couple of weeks ago Dad and I went up to London to see an exhibition of Norman Parkinson's work at the National Theatre.  We travelled up by train and on arriving at London Bridge station we alighted from our carriage only to look up to see this.

I'm afraid to say my only knowledge of The Shard was limited to how much it cost to go to the summit (£25!) and had no idea that it was situated at London Bridge.  Impressive as it is, we were not tempted to part with fifty quid and made our way on Shanks' pony to the National Theatre on The South Bank to view the exhibition where admittance was free.
Norman Parkinson's career spanned seven decades and during that time he enjoyed a long association with Vogue.  This together with his numerous assignments for Harpers Bazaar, Town and Country and other international glossies brought him worldwide recognition. I found it so difficult to limit the number of shots to post as so many of them are stunning in my opinion, but here are just a few of my favourites. 

 (Apologies for the quality, some were taken from the web and others photographed from a book as I don't have a scanner)

Post war New Look

 In the Forties Parkinson first photographed model Wenda Rogerson whom he later married.

He photographed many of the greatest icons as well as some of the
worlds most beautiful women.

Jerry  Hall 1975

 For me, his photographs just exude style, show his unique eye for glamour and beauty and have a timeless appeal.

You can see more of this great photographer and his work as tomorrow 21st April, on the centenary of his birth, Arena are presenting a profile of him on BBC4. 


The sun has finally decided to put in an appearance so I've got a date with a lawnmower now.  

Have a great weekend and thanks for looking in.


  1. Ah, I thought you'd popped over to San Francisco from the thumbnail pic that popped up on my blog! Gosh, £25 to go to the top of the Shard? Absurd!
    The exhibition looks amazing. xx

  2. Great post Fiona; love the photos you chose to share. The exhibition looks fabulous and well worth visiting.

  3. How much? Bloody hell, £25 is so expensive!
    Much better to go and see some stunning photographs instead. Love the ones you picked, the one with the 3 models in the black dresses and big hats is beautiful, and Jerry Hall is rocking that swimsuit and cap!
    Hope you got the lawn sorted! xxxx

  4. I agree with you, he really was a master. I'll look for the Arena programme, thanks for the tip on that. X

  5. £25 ...a bit steep isn't it! lovely photographs too :) Viv xx


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