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John Kobal

© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London 2017. Photo credit: National Portrait Gallery, London

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Film historian and photo-archivist Kobal was born in Austria, brought up in Canada and moved to England in the late 1950s. A passion for collecting film stills and negatives resulted in the creation of the Kobal Collection, an unrivalled archive of cinema photographs. He produced over thirty books including The Art of the Great Hollywood Portrait Photographers 1925–40 (1980) and an anthology of film star interviews People Will Talk (1986).

National Portrait Gallery, London


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    silkscreen ink on synthetic polymer paint on canvas

  • Measurements

    101.8 x 101.8 cm

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  • Acquisition method

    Bequeathed by John Kobal, 1992


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