Photography as Art (Day 1 - Portrait Artist Norman Parkinson)

Welcome to Week 32 of the 365 Days of Art.
This week we will focus on Photography as Art by exploring a handful of photographers who used their lens to depict much creativity. They also left the world with some nice historical and artsy photos. 

Visual-Arts-Cork (here) noted that there is an ongoing debate about the question, Is Photography Art?, and since the invention of photography in the 1830s, it "has been dogged by issues of aesthetics and by its relationship to other types of fine art, notably painting."

Well I think "some" photography is truly wonderful art and I look forward to exploring this topic in the upcoming posts. 
And so for Day #218, here are two images by Norman Parkinson:

Back to Formality, British Vogue, April 1950

Della Oake (wearing a Norman Hartnell ball gown) Clytha Park, Monmouthshre. Vogue, 1951

"Norman Parkinson revolutionised the world of fashion photography and portrait art in the 1940s by moving his subjects out of the conventional studio format, into a more dynamic outdoor setting. 

He is also noted as one of the world's best portrait artists and might be most remembered for his many photographs of some of the greatest icons of the 20th century."

Parkinson is top left and the other images are some of his photos.

You can read more about Norman Parkinson here.

It was hard for me to not think of Parkinson disease as I perused Norman's work.... you know,  that last name just reminded me of this sad nervous system affliction that takes people out. 
I am not sure if Norm was related to the physician who the illness was named after, but they do share the same last name. 

The London, England physician, James Parkinson, wrote as essay about the disease (called shaking palsy at the time) and a few decades later, French physician Charcot built upon James Parkinson's findings and named this brain disease after him. 
(more here).