Tiered Evening, March 1951
Kelly sent me this beautiful postcard of a photo by Norman Parkinson (1913-1990), a fashion and portrait photographer. He opened his portrait studio in 1934 in London and was fortunate enough (and talented enough) to have clients such as Noel Coward and Vivien Leigh; his work was noticed. He produced editorial photos for Harper’s Bazaar in the 1940’s, and did much fashion photography for the pages of Vogue throughout the 1950’s, then switched back to portraiture almost exclusively, capturing images of the rich and famous.
Even this fashion photo is more like a portrait. When I look at this photo, I see not the dress, but the model’s expression; I see the person. This is not something you see in a catalog. This is art. Being an amateur portrait photographer myself, I’d give what’s left of my eyeteeth to be this good.
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