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The unrivaled portfolio of one of the 20th century's great fashion photographers is examined in this survey featuring dazzling original prints from Parkinson's own archive From his first outdoor fashion shoot in 1935, Norman Parkinson's "moving pictures taken with a still camera" brought glamour and inventiveness to fashion photography. He set the New Look against the New York skyline, Quant dresses in swinging London, and Calvin Klein and Krizia in exotic locations from Tahiti to Tobago. "If a girl looks like a model, she is not for my lens," said Parks. He wanted energy and individuality, and found it in women like Wenda, the willowy actress he married in 1947, Celia Hammond, Jerry Hall, Iman, and Appollonia van Ravenstein. Parkinson's long association with Vogue and his numerous assignments for Harper's Bazaar, Queen, and other international magazines brought him fame and recognition--in return he gave the fashion world ineffable style and unforgettable images.
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Robin Muir is a curator and writer on photography. For the last 10 years he has curated major exhibitions of work by John Deakin, Michael Cooper, and Terence Donovan, as well as the Snowdon Retrospective in 2000. He has also mounted several collections of fashion photography drawn from the archives of Vogue, for which he worked as a picture editor. His recent publications include A Maverick Eye: the Street Photography of John Deakin, People in Vogue, and Vogue Covers. He is the archivist of the Terence Donovan Archives. Iman is a model and actress.

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"Fine reproduction of the photos and Muir's excellent essay add sturdy reinforcement." --Library Journal "More than any other photographer, he captured the charm, intelligence, and humor of great feminine beauty, qualities abundantly on display here. . . . Parkinson always insisted that he was a craftsman, not an artist, and he'd have dismissed the critic John Russell Taylor's assessment that he was Sargent's 'logical successor.' We shouldn't." --Atlantic Monthly

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