On the occasion of the centenary of his birth. Arena presents a profile of the great photographer with full access to the Parkinson Archive, a collection of over 350,000 negatives. Aka Norman Parkinson is an amusing and visually stunning profile of this uniquely talented man with original archive footage and new contributions from his collaborators and models. Parkinson's career lasted over fifty years, and provides a fascinating record of the changing times and styles of the 20th century.
Filmed in New York and London, the documentary presents an abundance of glamorous images and explores the life and work of 'Parks', heir to Cecil Beaton and precursor of David Bailey. His singular ability to tune into the vibe of the times meant he outlasted all his peers and never went out of fashion.
Contributors include Jerry Hall, Iman, Celia Hammond, Carmen Dell'Orefice (the world's oldest working supermodel), Grace Coddington (Creative Director, American Vogue) and grandson, Jake Parkinson-Smith.
A coproduction: BBC Arena and Norman Parkinson Archive
Director: Nicola Roberts
Film Editor: Roy Deverell
Producer: Rosemary Tratt
BBC Arena Series Editor: Anthony Wall
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