The Photography of Norman Rockwell

Yes, you read that title correctly, I did say photography.

As you most likely know, Norman Rockwell is widely celebrated for his painted depictions of American culture in the 1930s through to the 1960s. His humorous and amazingly true-to-life characterizations giving us a snapshot of daily life in the United States.

Rockwell’s painting style was that of a literalist. He very rarely painted from his imagination, preferring to meticulously plan and set his scenarios right down to the finest of details using studio sets and photography to capture the scene. He was then able to work from the photographs in his own time without the need to use life models in awkward and uncomfortable poses.

Thanks to the hard work and dedication of the Norman Rockwell Museum, 20,000 of Rockwell’s negatives have been digitized and preserved. Works of art in their own right, these photographs help to give us valuable insight into the work process of this very talented illustrator.

Do you have a favourite Rockwell work? Perhaps you also use photography as your working references or do you prefer to work from life? We’d love you to share with us in the comments below.

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