Current News and EventsOctober 24th 2012 was John Kobal Day
on www.lejournaldelaphotographie.com. If you missed the day then go to the archive on its site and enter john kobal and check it out!!
The digital Glamour of the Gods iPad application AVAILABLE NOW!
Hollywood Unseen: photographs from The John Kobal Foundation STILL AVAILABLE & BEING REPRINTED!
This book of photos from our archive - with a foreword by Hollywood Legend Joan Collins – has just been published worldwide by ACC Editions (the Antique Collectors Club) and was accompanied by an exhibition of photos from the book at the Getty Images Gallery, 46 East Castle Street, London W1W 8DX from 8 October – 3 November 2012. Prints from the exhibition are still available from Getty Images Gallery on 020 7291 5385.
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. The photos in this book – documenting the ‘ordinary life’ of the Stars – were nothing less than the publicity department’s creation of how they wanted the public to perceive, behold and worship their talent roster. They were as prepared and as carefully constructed as any classic portrait or film scene still and most of these photos were only ever used once or twice and then never seen again. This book is a showcase for those hidden rarely seen photographic gems. It has had enthusiastic response in both the UK and the USA and featured in Vanity Fair, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Post, BBC Onlie, CNN Online and The Sunday Telegraph among many others.
The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia, USA, 23 November 2013 - 10 March 2014.
Funding for further photography for his book on Extraordinary Rendition - the apprehension and extrajudicial transfer of a person from one country to another.
Building on his award-winning work about Guantanamo Bay,
Ed isnow working on this project which combines documents related to
extraordinary rendition with photography of and around black sites,
proxy sites, support sites and the homes of rendered men. The work will
explore the scale and opaqueness of rendition and the experience of the
men caught up in this compendium of complicity.
The work is based on a collaboration with the main investigator in the UK who has spent years compiling the documents piecing together the traces of the rendered, their handlers and the places they have been.
The work will
visualise and display the material representing both the paper trail of
evidence (documents,flight data, found images, secret service reports,
accounts and drawings by detainees), and the enormity ofthe convoluted
task undertaken in compiling it. The documents, many of which are
previously unpublished,and photographs will be presented as both parts
of the evidential paper trail and as compelling visual objects which
communicate through the power of their appearance. The Work will be part of a book and shown as a touring exhibition.