Born 1913 in London, Norman Parkinson was the Twentieth Century’s most celebrated fashion photographer. His photographs created the age of the supermodel and made him the photographer of choice for celebrities, artists, Presidents and Prime Ministers. Subjects include Audrey Hepburn, The Beatles, Twiggy, Grace Coddington, David Bowie, Iman, Jerry Hall and countless others.
In a career that spanned seven decades, Parkinson dazzled the world and inspired his peers with sparkling inventiveness as a portrait and fashion photographer. He worked for a wide range of publications, notably Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Town & Country and other international magazines, which brought him worldwide recognition.
By the end of his life he had become a household name, the recipient of a CBE, Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, and the subject of a large scale retrospective at the National Portrait Gallery, London.
Norman Parkinson died whilst on location in Singapore shooting for Town & Country in 1990.
Here is a small collection of hilarious pictures that Parkinson photographed The Beatles during the Kebab Session at The President Hotel in Russell Square, London in 1963.