Icons of Hollywood, presents that unexpected portrait and those scene photographers who worked silently behind the scenes, but whose rich style photographs were essential to the creation of diva, dive and promotion of films. Millions and millions of images, distributed by Hollywood studios during the golden age, were all the work of camera artists working fast, efficiently and most of the time in a beautiful way to end To promote Hollywood style around the world.
Joan Crawford's portraits by George Hurrell helped shape his thrilling presence on the screen. The indelible image of Garbo was created in Ruth Harriet Louise's portrait studio. This exhibition will feature more than fifty unmistakable photographers, including: Clarence Sinclair Bull, Eugene Robert Richee, Robert Coburn, William Walling Jr, John Engstead, Elmer Fryer, Laszlo Willinger, A.L. "Whitey" Schafer and Ted Allan.
No one, better than John Kobal, understands the importance of this fundamental wealth of Hollywood material. Beginning as a film enthusiast, he became a journalist, later a writer and, before his early death in 1991 at the age of 51, was recognized as one of the leading filmmakers. Essentially, his reputation is based on the pioneering work of resuscitating the careers of some of these classics masterminds of Hollywood classics.
Starting from the late sixties, Kobal tried to reunite these forgotten artists with their original negatives and encourage them to produce new prints for exhibitions all over the world, in places such as the Victoria & Albert Museum and the National Portrait Gallery London, MoMA in New York, National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC, Los Angeles County Museum of Art in Los Angeles. A selection of these prints, along with original periodicals dating back to the period, creates the heart of the exhibition.