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National Portrait Gallery

Exhibition Detail
Glamour of the Gods: Hollywood Portraits - Photographs from the John Kobal Foundation
St Martin's Place
London WC2H 0HE
United Kingdom

July 7th, 2011 - October 23rd, 2011
July 7th, 2011 3:15 PM - 5:00 PM
Clark Gable and Joan Crawford for "Dancing Lady", George HurrellGeorge Hurrell,
Clark Gable and Joan Crawford for "Dancing Lady",
© John Kobal Foundation, 2011
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Glamour of the Gods is a celebration of Hollywood portraiture from the industry's 'Golden Age', the period 1920 to 1960. From Greta Garbo and Clark Gable to Audrey Hepburn, James Dean and Marilyn Monroe, it is these portraits that transformed actors and actresses into international style icons. In many cases these are the career-defining images of Hollywood's greatest names and help to illustrate their enduring appeal.

Featuring over 70 photographs, most of which are exquisite vintage prints displayed for the first time, the exhibition is drawn from the extraordinary archive of the John Kobal Foundation and demonstrate photography's decisive role in creating and marketing the stars central to the Hollywood mystique.

Thursday 7 July, 13.15
John Kobal and Hollywood Photography
To celebrate the opening of the exhibition, Robert Dance, film historian and trustee of the John Kobal Foundation, discusses Kobal, the last century's pre-eminent authority on Hollywood photography during the 'Golden Age' of motion pictures.

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