Glamour of the Gods

Talent is innate, it’s true, but icons are made with time.

For some of the most relevant Hollywood actors of the ’20’s – ’60’s, their photo portraits represented a turning point in their careers and in the history of film itself.
Glamour of the Gods is the exhibit on display at the National Portrait Gallery of London until the 23rd of October, celebrating the actors and actresses of this memorable period.

Clark Gable, Audrey Hepburn, Greta Garbo or Marlon Brando are some of the faces that important photographers like John Engstead or George Hurrell, to name a few, captured with their lenses, turning these actors not only into icons, but into gods.

Clark Gable and Joan Crawford for Dancing Lady, 1933 by George Hurrell © John Kobal Foundation, 2011

Marlon Brando for Streetcar Named Desire, 1950 by John Engstead © John Kobal Foundation, 2011

Marlene Dietrich on the set of Manpower, 1941 by Laszlo Willinger © John Kobal Foundation, 2011

Grace Kelly, 1956 by Clarence Sinclair Bull © John Kobal Foundation, 2011

Loretta Young circa 1924 by A.L. 'Whitey' Schafer© John Kobal Foundation, 2011

Joan Collins for ‘Seven Thieves’, 1959 by Laszlo Willinger © John Kobal Foundation, 2011

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All images by the National Portrait Gallery