Hollywood Icons - the book
Photographs from the John Kobal Foundation
By Robert Dance, with forewords by Terence Pepper and Simon Crocker
Published by ACC Editions
If you are as fascinated with the stars of the Golden Age of Hollywood as I am, then this book is for you. The Kobal Foundation has again created a definitive collection of across-the-board idols. They are all stylish, alluring and insanely glamorous. It's an archival, dare I say historical, achievement." - Joan Collins
Hollywood Icons features over 200 photographs focusing on the great faces that drew moviegoers around the world into movie theatres by the tens of millions. Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Gloria Swanson and other luminaries of early silent film are depicted in splendid photographs revealing the potency of their allure that is obvious even today. Later silent stars such as Garbo and Crawford, who rose to even greater cinematic heights when the movies began to speak, are featured in series of images showing how those two star faces were magically transformed into thrilling exemplars of 1930s glamour.
Better known are the great players from the 1930s whose names today form the bedrock of Hollywood history. All-American men such as Gary Cooper and Clark Gable shared the screen with sirens such as Marlene Dietrich and Hedy Lamarr, two among many who began acting in Europe and found lasting fame in southern California. They were soon joined by Vivien Leigh and Charles Boyer. Legends such as Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall ware prominent among the stars, along with Marlon Brando, Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly.
All the great Hollywood photographers whose careers were resurrected by John Kobal in dozens of books are included. The book shows both the sweep of glamour photography as well as to focus on the unique style of each of the leading camera artists.
"In its pages and pages of black-and-white images, interrupted by the occasional flash of colour photography, Hollywood Icons gathers some of the best images from Kobal’s archives and, with shots of Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Marlon Brando and Gary Cooper, provides a unique catalogue of the stars that illuminated Hollywood’s Golden Age of Cinema." -- Vanity Fair
"The exhibition and book also gives an insight into Kobal, the extraordinary man who brought many of these images to wide public attention through his books and exhibitions from the late 1960s through the 1980s at, amongst others, the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; the National Portrait Gallery, London; the Museum of Modern Art, New York." --L'Oeil de la Photographie
Hollywood Icons - the exhibition
This is an international travelling exhibition featuring masterworks of
photography taken by the major Hollywood portrait photographers during
the golden age of motion pictures production by the Hollywood Movie
Studios from 1925-1960. The exhibition started at the Villa Manin, Italy
in 2016 and will be on tour for several years in Europe, Asia and North
and South America.
Porto Seguro Cultural Centre, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
14th February to 15th April 2017
Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, Italy
24th June to 17th September 2017
A new exhibition of classic Hollywood portrait photography from the renowned archive of the John Kobal Foundation is on a worldwide tour which began in Italy, at Villa Manin (near Venice), on 16th July 2016. This follows the success of the last JKF archive exhibition, "Glamour of the Gods", which was seen by nearly 500,000 visitors.
Hollywood Icons – Photographs from the John Kobal Foundation - is a rich survey of the great stars of the classic era of Hollywood movies highlighting the work of the photographers responsible for creating their glittering images.
This is an international travelling exhibition featuring masterworks of photography taken by the major Hollywood portrait photographers during the golden age of motion pictures production by the Hollywood Movie Studios from 1925-1960. The exhibition started at the Villa Manin, Italy in 2016 and will be on tour for several years in Europe, Asia and North and South America.