Saturday 27 April 2013

Norman Parkinson Exhibition at the National Theatre, the South Bank

A free exhibition of a ground-breaking fashion photographer's best work, Lifework: Norman Parkinson's Century of Style features scores of memorable photos. It includes iconic images from the 1950, such as the Art of Travel, showing a smartly-dressed woman crossing a Nairobi airfield and New York, New York, which depicts a couple running towards the camera, against a backdrop of skyscrapers. Extended to May 27th, many of the highly-stylised images, which are a mixture of black and white and colour, feature famous people, including The Beatles, David Bowie and Richard Burton, in engaging poses. There is also an unusually natural photo of the Queen with her Mum and her sister.  If you are near the South Bank, you should stop by the National Theatre. 7/10