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Glamour of the Gods By Robert Dance

Glamour of the Gods by Robert Dance

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Glamour of the Gods is a survey of Hollywood portraiture from the industry's golden age, a period lasting from 1920 to 1960. All the photographs were selected from the astonishing archive of the John Kobal Foundation in London.

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Glamour of the Gods: Photographs from the John Kobal Foundation by Robert Dance

John Kobal was the 20th century's pre-eminent authority on Hollywood photograph, and systematically sought to understand photography's important role in creating and marketing the great stars central to Hollywood's allure. Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, and Humphrey Bogart are among the famous faces featured in Glamour of the Gods. In many cases the photographs in John Kobal's collection define their era, and most of the reproductions are from the archive's original vintage prints. Film historian Robert Dance has written about John Kobal's important place in Hollywood history and offers an overview of the portrait photographer's place in the Hollywood studio system. Critic and historian John Russell Taylor's introduction draws from his many years of friendship with Kobal. Placing photography at the centre of Hollywood Glamour of the Gods explores how actors and actresses had a profound effect on how beauty and celebrity was seen and understood then, and how it continues to live on. Accompanies a major exhibition titled, Glamour of the Gods: Hollywood Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery, London from 7 July to 23 October 2011 and international venues.

About Robert Dance

Robert Dance is co-author of Ruth Harriet Louise and Hollywood Photography (2002, California) and Garbo: Portraits from her Private Collection (2005,Rizzoli). John Russell Taylor has worked at The Times (London) for most of his writing life, as, sequentially, Television Critic, Drama Critic, Film Critic, American Cultural Correspondent and, for the last thirty years, Art Critic.

Table of Contents

Pages 5-11 Introduction: John Kobal: Collector Extraordinaire by John Russell Taylor Pages 13-19 John Kobal and Hollywood Photography by Robert Dance Pages 21-35 The Hollywood Studio Photographers by Robert Dance Pages 37-278 Plates Pages 279-283 Photographers from Hollywood's Golden Age Pages 284-Bibliography Page 287-288 Acknowledgements

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Glamour of the Gods: Photographs from the John Kobal Foundation by Robert Dance
Used - Very Good
National Portrait Gallery Publications
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