Top 15 Norman Parkinson Quotes on Fashion and Portrait Photography

Looking for the best Norman Parkinson quotes? Then you’ve come to the right place. Below we have have compiled a list of the legendary photographers top 15 quotes to inspire you and help take your photography to the next level.

If you haven’t done so already, we recommend reading our Norman Parkinson master profile article to learn more about his remarkable fashion and portrait photography, working methods, cameras and much more.

Norman Parkinson Quotes

The only thing that gets in the way of a really good photograph, is the camera.

The camera can be the most deadly weapon since the assassin’s bullet. Or it can be the lotion of the heart.

I’ve been slowly slipping out of black and white and now I only take it under sufferance as a sort of back-up to my color snaps.

My most exciting sittings have always been with royalty, because you’ve got to go there and you’re in a moment in history, and you’ve got to get in and get out and get pictures that history will remember.

A photographer without a magazine behind him is like a farmer without fields.

I try to make people look as good as they’d like to look, and with luck a shade better. If I photograph a woman then my job is to make her as beautiful as it is possible for her to be. If I photograph a gnarled old man, then I must make him as interesting as a gnarled old man can be.

I like a joke in every picture I take. Nobody has the right to make photography boring.

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Parkinson Quotes on Fashion Photography

My aim was to take moving pictures with a still camera

Most photographers showed women standing in scintillating salons with their knees bolted… I never knew any girls with bolted knees. I only knew girls who jumped and ran.

If ever I took memorable pictures… it would have been because I insisted on seeing the clothes live, walked in, whirled and twirled in.

If a girl looks like a model, she is not for my lens.

Parkinson on Location Photography

I never like working in studios because it’s like an operating theatre. There’s a studio with four walls, lights, and nothing never happens.

In the studio it’s like an operating theatre, where only blood is left. You come out in the sunshine – everybody’s at home in the sunshine… This is what gives us life, and my pictures, give a lot of life.

[I like to work] in the sunshine. I never work in studios if I can help it, because working in a studio is such hard work. The greatest photographs always have in them some sort of unplanned accident: the movement, the fun, the gaiety.

When I arrive at any place in the world I buy postcards because then you find out where all the places you should be are.

The world is my studio.

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If you would like to learn more about Norman Parkinson’s photography, we recommend reading our Norman Parkinson master profile article. To see more of the legendary photographers work, check out his image archive on the Iconic Images website.

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