Wenda Parkinson (née Rogerson)

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Wenda Parkinson (née Rogerson), by Norman Parkinson, 1949 - NPG x126411 - © Norman Parkinson Archive

© Norman Parkinson Archive

Wenda Parkinson (née Rogerson)

by Norman Parkinson
colour print on card mount, 1949
19 1/2 in. x 15 1/2 in. (494 mm x 393 mm)
Given by Norman Parkinson, 1981 in conjunction with the NPG exhibition 'Norman Parkinson: 50 Years of Portraits and Fashion'
Photographs Collection
NPG x126411


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  • Norman Parkinson (1913-1990), Photographer. Artist of 241 portraits, Sitter in 13 portraits.

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Parkinson and Beaton were the two British-born star photographers of British Vogue and both spent several months of each year working for the American edition. Parkinson first went To New York with his family, Wenda and son Simon, in 1949. This fashion portrait of Wenda was one of his first covers for American Vogue. It was taken in the same year two other, now classic, studies, Lisa Penn and the blurred yellow taxi on Park Avenue and the New York Hats study. Parkinson photographed the models against the skyline from the roof of the Conde Nast building on Lexington Avenue. Strangely the latter was first published only in black and white.

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