On the Radar Glamours of the Gods
5th July 2011

Glamours of the Gods

Words The Milk Maid

Photography Clark Gable and Joan Crawford

Hollywood Portraits, Photographs from the John Kobal Foundation

7 July - 23 October 2011, National Portrait Gallery, Porter Gallery


Forget Linsey Lohan's house arrest and Paris Hilton's pant flashing antics, Glamours of the Gods, reminds us of the class, style, elegance and grace of the true Hollywood stars while exploring the importance of photography in their ascent to fame and longstanding stature.

The exhibition spans 40 years of Hollywood history featuring over 60 vintage prints of stars such as Clark Gable, Marlene Dietrich, James Dean, Marlon Brando, Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Collins and Marilyn Monroe, captured by nearly 40 of the era's greatest photographers.

Before the intense prying eyes of the paparazzi, photographs distributed by studios were the only vehicle of connection between stars and fans. The portraits they released to the public and press depicted the actors as glamorous and inaccessible, imbuing them with mystique, not the speculation and gossip of the present day!