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John Kobal (1940-1991), Film historian, writer and photograph collector

Sitter in 3 portraits
Film historian and photo-archivist Kobal was born in Austria, brought up in Canada and moved to England in 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).

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John Kobal

by Laszlo Willinger
resin print, 1985?
NPG x137569


Andy Warhol photographing John Kobal

by Unknown photographer
bromide print, 1986
NPG x134411


John Kobal

by Andy Warhol
silkscreen ink on synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 1986
NPG 6162