Hollywood Icons: Photographs from the John Kobal Foundation
Hollywood Icons features approximately 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 exhibition will be arranged to show both the sweep of glamour photography as well as to focus on the unique style of each of the leading camera artists.
Hollywood Icons will accompany an international travelling exhibition featuring masterworks of photography taken during the golden age of motion pictures. Venues for the exhibition will be in North and South America, Europe and Asia.
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" -- Dame Joan Collins, Hollywood Legend The stars of the silver screen burn bright again in Hollywood Icons (ACC Editions), a collection of more than 200 gorgeous, glamorous photos from the John Kobal Collection of the greatest faces" from silent films through the Golden Age of Hollywood.. -- Neil Pond Parade, August 1 2016 Hollywood Icons provides a rich survey of the great stars of the classic era of Hollywood movies and the photographers responsible for creating their glittering images. The Eye of Photography, September 8 2016 Oooh and ahhh over nearly 200 gorgeous portraits of movies stars of yesteryear at their most glamorous in Hollywood Icons (ACC Editions), a collection of images that reaches all the way to silent-film stars (Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford) and later silver-screen idols such as Marlene Dietrich, Hedy Lamarr, Vivien Leigh, Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Marlon Brando, Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly. -- Neil Pond Parade A coffee table-style book features approximately 200 photographs of the classic film era... the book is a perfect addition to any Hollywoodphile's collection. Discover Hollywood Hollywood Icons, by Robert Dance, ACC Editions, $65. Stunning studio portraits of film icons from the 1930s through the '60s from the collection of the John Kobal Foundation. Associated Press: The Big Story