Norman Parkinson (April 21, 1913 – February 15, 1990) was a celebrated English portrait and fashion photographer.
Parkinson always maintained he was a craftsman and not an artist. From his early days as a photographer up to his death he remained one of the foremost British portrait and fashion photographers.
His work, following the lead of Martin Munkacsi at Harper’s Bazaar, revolutionized the world of British fashion photography in the ’40s by bringing his models from the rigid studio environment into a far more dynamic outdoor setting. Humor played a central role in many of his photographs which often included himself.
As well as magazine work he also created celebrated calendars featuring glamorous young women. When royal photographer, Cecil Beaton, died in 1975, Parkinson took over. Notable portraits included Princess Anne in 1971 and Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother in 1980. In 1981, he was awarded the Royal Photographic Society’s Progress Medal, which “carries with it an Honorary Fellowship of The Society” and later the Lifetime Achievement Award of the American Society of Magazine Photographers. He received a Google Doodle on April 21, 2013, in honor of his work.