June 24 – September 17, 2017, Palazzo delle Esposizioni Rome
Hollywood Icons. Photographs from the John Kobal Foundation is a rich survey of the great stars of the classic era of Hollywood movies highlighting the work of the photographers responsible for creating their glittering images.
The exhibition presents 161 portraits from the biggest names in motion picture history beginning with silent legends Charlie Chaplin and Mary Pickford, continuing with brilliant performers of the early talkie era such as Marlene Dietrich, Joan Crawford, Clark Gable and Cary Grant, and concluding with the post war giants like Marlon Brando, Paul Newman, Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni. Organized in decades, from the 1920’s through the 1960’s, which feature the major stars of each period, Hollywood Icons also includes galleries dedicated to the Hollywood Studio photographers, the star making process and introduces the life and career of collector and film historian, John Kobal, who brought this work out of dusty archives into the public arena and critical acclaim.
Motion picture history is usually written from the point of view of actors or directors with little attention given to the enormous enterprise that makes motion pictures possible. Hollywood Icons presents the largely unheralded portrait and still photographers who worked quietly behind the scenes but whose glamorous photographs were critical to the creation of stars and promotion of the movies. Millions upon millions of images distributed by Hollywood studios throughout the golden age were all the work of camera artists working quickly, efficiently and most of the times brilliantly to promote Hollywood style worldwide.
Palazzo delle Esposizioni
Via Nazionale, 194 – Rome