1962. This shot appears in the 22 May issue of Queen magazine, captioned: “All systems go! Space age beauty equipment to put you straight in orbit.” In the photographer’s day book it’s referred to as “Beauty works”. The date of the “sitting” is 2 May and the location, Carlton Artists Studios. Two of the models are identified as Ann Roberts and Cath Herbert.
What an audacious shot for the period – it almost seems to prefigure the work of Helmut Newton! What’s also great about it is the way it captures the mood of the moment – optimism around “the white heat of technology,” as UK prime minister Harold Wilson put it in one of his most memorable speeches the following year.
The back of the photo is annotated in pencil “C18 Norman Parkinson original photograph for Queen Magazine Q202-10 – numbering by David Searle, N.P’s assistant.”