Current News and Events


Matthew Niederhauser, for his portrait commission for the National Portrait Gallery, London as the winner of the 2012 JKNWA, took the above image of British actress Andrea Riseborough which was displayed at the National Portrait Gallery during the run of the Taylor Wessing Award 2013 exhibition.

The Winner of the 2013 John Kobal New Work Award in association with the Taylor Wessing Award at the National Portrait Gallery was Hana Knizova, a British-based Czech photographer. She will undertake a commission to shoot a portrait of an emerging figure in the British Film Industry in early 2014.

HOLLYWOOD DOGS....the companion volume to Hollywood Unseen was published by ACC Editions in October 2013 and is available online and in all good bookstores. 

Hollywood Dogs showcases a fine selection of photographs from the famous John Kobal Foundation. Taken between 1920 and 1960 during the Golden Age of Hollywood, they feature stars including Humphrey Bogart, Buster Keaton, Elvis Presley, Tony Curtis, Sophia Lauren, Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, Ava Gardner, Shirley Maclaine, Frank Sinatra, Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn posing with dogs of every stature and breed. In almost every case, these stunning photographs have never been seen before now.

As much as the Hollywood studio system tried to control every aspect of their stars' lives, there was nothing the bosses could do to manipulate their illustrious employees' responses when photographed with their dogs. Hollywood Dogs celebrates this special relationship between these famous owners and their animals. Often caught off-guard, and almost always relaxed and natural, these are photographs of the Hollywood stars as real people.

Amongst the images are some of the most famous dogs in Hollywood films: Lassie; Asta; Rin Tin Tin and Toto from the Wizard of Oz. There are also a few carefully-set-up publicity shots, such as Frank Sinatra on the set of Pal Joey, and Jean Harlow accessorised with a large hat and two Old English sheepdogs.

Each image has been researched to identify the breed and wherever possible, the name of the dog, and includes intriguing details about the location and background to the photograph.

What the press have said about this book:

"Throughout the 168-page tome some of the most popular films of all time are brought to life in a number of classic black and white stills" Dogs Today

"These stunning images of some of Hollywood's most iconic stars and their beloved dogs are possible the best thing we've ever seen" Marie Claire

"It's impossible not to like" The Herald

Never work with children and animals, warned W.C. Fields and this hugely endearing set of black-and-white photographs from the John Kobal Foundation proves he had a point: dogs are scene-stealers”  The Daily Mail

With its collection of striking black and white photos and insightful anecdotes, Hollywood Dogs makes for a delightful read” Schon!“

"Featuring 147 images, many of which have never been published before, this extraordinary book explores the relationship between film stars and their dogs during Hollywood's Golden Age” Indulgence

This lighthearted book will no doubt appeal to all those cinema fans who also share a love of man’s best friend” Jocks and Nerds

The digital GLAMOUR OF THE GODS iPad application STILL AVAILABLE!

Following the huge successes of both the print edition and the touring exhibition, Glamour of the Gods was released in digital form. 

The iPad app includes all two hundred and thirty five images from the book, easily navigable with functions to view images in era or photographer categories; fully illustrated essays from Robert Dance and John Russell Taylor as well as an exclusive video tour of the 2011 exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, London and a video commentary on John Kobal and the Hollywood photographers narrated by Simon Crocker, Chairman of the John Kobal Foundation.

: photographs from The John Kobal Foundation -  STILL AVAILABLE!

This book of photos from our archive - with a foreword by Hollywood Legend Joan Collins was published worldwide by ACC Editions (the Antique Collectors Club) in October 2012.

The book, edited by Gareth Abbott and with an essay by foundation trustee Robert Dance, is a showcase for, and tribute to, the incredible inventiveness and ingenuity of the marketing and publicity departments of the great Hollywood Film Studios.

This was accompanied by an exhibition of photos from the book at the Getty Images Gallery. Prints from the exhibition are still available from Getty Images Gallery on 020 7291 5385.

This exhibition - now titled IDOLS & ILLUSIONS - was at the Royal West of England Academy, Bristol   and  then at The Light Box Museum, Woking from February to June 2014.

The Glamour of the Gods (Made in Hollywood) exhibition

The exhibition finally closed at The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia, USA on 10th March 2014.

This was the last venue on what has been an almost six year wonderful exhibition tour that has attracted over 500,000 visitors on three continents.