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Hollywood Unseen : Pictures from the John Kobal Foundation

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With a foreword by screen legend, Joan Collins, Hollywood Unseen: photos from the John Kobal Basis is published throughout the world by ACC Editions.  An accompanying exhibition showcasing photographs from the book was presented at the Getty Visuals Gallery, London from Oct 10th to November 2nd, 2012. The most current book to be drawn from the archive of the John Kobal Foundation, Hollywood Unseen is a showcase for, and tribute to, the incredible inventiveness and ingenuity of the promoting and publicity departments of the good Hollywood Film Studios – MGM, Paramount, 20th Century Fox, Columbia, Common, Warner Brothers & RKO – from the late 1920s to the early 1950s.
The gorgeous and familiar portraits of Hollywood’s top adult men and girls and the scene stills from their typical movies are even today, all close to us  – in publications, documentaries, posters, postcards & fashionable manufacturer marketing. The iconic photographs of Greta Garbo or Humphrey Bogart or Marilyn Monroe are nevertheless instantaneously recognisable right now additional than many of their actual motion pictures. But these photographs had been just a person part of a continuously ongoing stream of publicity resources staying disseminated on a daily basis by the Hollywood Studios to publications around the globe.
The promoting departments applied lots of other diverse picture-publicity angles to market their stars and movies. These pictures – documenting the standard life of the Stars – were nothing a lot less than a publicity department’s creation of how they needed the public to perceive, behold and worship their expertise roster. So the hobbies, husbands, wives, children, households, pets, get-togethers, premieres, and many others of the Stars ended up paraded ahead of fans who could under no circumstances get ample of them. But, having said that they might appear, there was absolutely nothing instantaneous or casual about them. They ended up as ready and as meticulously made as any common portrait or scene nonetheless even though most of individuals images have been utilized after or twice and then hardly ever viewed all over again. This ebook is a show of people concealed unseen photographic gems.

Hollywood Unseen
Photographs from the John Kobal Basis

Author: Robert Dance
ACC Editions
300 mm x 237 mm
244 pp, Illustrations: 200 b&w Hardback
ISBN: 9781851496808

Hollywood Unseen: Photos from the John Kobal Foundation
From October 10th to November 2nd, 2012
Getty Visuals Gallery
46 Eastcastle Avenue
London, Higher London W1W 8DX
United Kingdom

This article is from the archives of Le Journal de la Photographie.

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