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Ida Kar

(1908-1974), Photographer

Sitter in 137 portraits
Artist associated with 1564 portraits
Photographer, born in Tambov, near Moscow. Kar was influenced by the Paris avant-garde whilst studying there in 1928 and subsequently established her photographic practice 'Idabel' in Cairo with her first husband, Edmond Belali, in 1933. She moved to London in 1945 with her second husband, the artist and critic Victor Musgrave. With the opening of Musgrave's Gallery One in D'Arblay Street, Soho, Kar photographed and exhibited Forty Artists from Paris and London (1954), however the height of her success was her well-received Whitechapel Gallery one-person show in 1960. Her most celebrated portraits document the bohemian social circle of artists and writers in which she moved.

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Alan Davie, by Ida Kar - NPG P425

Alan Davie

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1959
NPG P425

(Richard) James Arthur Pope-Hennessy, by Ida Kar - NPG P424

(Richard) James Arthur Pope-Hennessy

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1959
NPG P424

Ida Kar, by Ida Kar - NPG x134076

Ida Kar

by Ida Kar
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1933
NPG x134076

Edmond Belali; Ida Kar, by Ida Kar - NPG x134046

Edmond Belali; Ida Kar

by Ida Kar
2 1/4 inch square film negative, late 1930s
NPG x134046

Ida Kar, by Ida Kar - NPG x134077

Ida Kar

by Ida Kar
2 1/4 inch square film negative, late 1930s
NPG x134077

Helena Rubinstein, by Ida Kar - NPG x132734

Helena Rubinstein

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1940s
NPG x132734

Helena Rubinstein, by Ida Kar - NPG x132735

Helena Rubinstein

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1940s
NPG x132735

Helena Rubinstein, by Ida Kar - NPG x132736

Helena Rubinstein

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1940s
NPG x132736

Helena Rubinstein, by Ida Kar - NPG x132737

Helena Rubinstein

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1940s
NPG x132737

'Surreal study', by Ida Kar - NPG x133323

'Surreal study'

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1940
NPG x133323

Ida Kar's parents (Melkon Karamian; Anahit Karamian), by Ida Kar - NPG x134047

Ida Kar's parents (Melkon Karamian; Anahit Karamian)

by Ida Kar
2 1/4 inch square film negative, early 1940s
NPG x134047

Melkon Karamian, by Ida Kar - NPG x134048

Melkon Karamian

by Ida Kar
2 1/4 inch square film negative, early 1940s
NPG x134048

Still Life, Egypt, by Ida Kar - NPG x134145

Still Life, Egypt

by Ida Kar
2 1/4 inch square film negative, early 1940s
NPG x134145

Anahit Karamian, by Ida Kar - NPG x134160

Anahit Karamian

by Ida Kar
2 1/4 inch square film negative, early 1940s
NPG x134160

Roland Penrose, By Ida Kar - NPG x137330

Roland Penrose

By Ida Kar
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1940s
NPG x137330

Roland Penrose, By Ida Kar - NPG x137331

Roland Penrose

By Ida Kar
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1940s
NPG x137331

Roland Penrose, By Ida Kar - NPG x137332

Roland Penrose

By Ida Kar
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1940s
NPG x137332

Abstract, Egypt, by Ida Kar - NPG x199434

Abstract, Egypt

by Ida Kar
2 1/4 inch square film negative, early 1940s
NPG x199434

Still Life, Egypt, by Ida Kar - NPG x134145MP

Still Life, Egypt

by Ida Kar
modern bromide print from original negative, early 1940s; printed 2016
NPG x134145MP

Victor Musgrave, by Ida Kar - NPG x134017

Victor Musgrave

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1943-1944
NPG x134017

Victor Musgrave and an unknown man, by Ida Kar - NPG x134018

Victor Musgrave and an unknown man

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1943-1944
NPG x134018

Muhammad Ali Mosque, Citadel, Cairo, by Ida Kar - NPG x134030

Muhammad Ali Mosque, Citadel, Cairo

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1943-1944
NPG x134030

Gerda Matuszczak (née Jakob), by Ida Kar - NPG x132796

Gerda Matuszczak (née Jakob)

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1944
NPG x132796

Victor Musgrave, by Ida Kar - NPG x134015

Victor Musgrave

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1944
NPG x134015

Victor Musgrave, by Ida Kar - NPG x134016

Victor Musgrave

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1944
NPG x134016

Victor Musgrave; Ida Kar, by Ida Kar - NPG x134033

Victor Musgrave; Ida Kar

by Ida Kar
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1944
NPG x134033

Victor Musgrave; Ida Kar, by Ida Kar - NPG x134501

Victor Musgrave; Ida Kar

by Ida Kar
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1944
NPG x134501

Victor Musgrave; Ida Kar, by Ida Kar - NPG x134502

Victor Musgrave; Ida Kar

by Ida Kar
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1944
NPG x134502

Cyril Des Baux, by Ida Kar - NPG x134994

Cyril Des Baux

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, circa 1944
NPG x134994

Keidrych Rhys and an unknown boy, by Ida Kar - NPG x131168

Keidrych Rhys and an unknown boy

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, circa 1945
NPG x131168

Keidrych Rhys, by Ida Kar - NPG x131169

Keidrych Rhys

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, circa 1945
NPG x131169

Keidrych Rhys, by Ida Kar - NPG x131170

Keidrych Rhys

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, circa 1945
NPG x131170

Keidrych Rhys, by Ida Kar - NPG x131171

Keidrych Rhys

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, circa 1945
NPG x131171

Keidrych Rhys, by Ida Kar - NPG x131172

Keidrych Rhys

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, circa 1945
NPG x131172

Keidrych Rhys, by Ida Kar - NPG x131173

Keidrych Rhys

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, circa 1945
NPG x131173

Keidrych Rhys and an unknown boy, by Ida Kar - NPG x131174

Keidrych Rhys and an unknown boy

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, circa 1945
NPG x131174

Keidrych Rhys, by Ida Kar - NPG x131175

Keidrych Rhys

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, circa 1945
NPG x131175

Unknown man, by Ida Kar - NPG x199649

Unknown man

by Ida Kar
2 1/4 inch square film negative, circa 1945
NPG x199649

Victor Musgrave, by Ida Kar - NPG x131012

Victor Musgrave

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print on card mount, late 1940s
NPG x131012

Victor Musgrave, by Ida Kar - NPG x131014

Victor Musgrave

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, late 1940s
NPG x131014

Victor Musgrave, by Ida Kar - NPG x134022

Victor Musgrave

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, late 1940s
NPG x134022

'Surreal study', by Ida Kar - NPG x133323MP

'Surreal study'

by Ida Kar
modern bromide print, circa 1947; printed 2016
NPG x133323MP

Victor Musgrave and an unknown woman, by Ida Kar - NPG x134081

Victor Musgrave and an unknown woman

by Ida Kar
2 1/4 inch square film negative, circa 1949
NPG x134081

Compton Mackenzie, by Ida Kar - NPG x128667

Compton Mackenzie

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1950s
NPG x128667

Alan McCrae Moorehead, by Ida Kar - NPG x128674

Alan McCrae Moorehead

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, early 1950s
NPG x128674

Alan McCrae Moorehead, by Ida Kar - NPG x128675

Alan McCrae Moorehead

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, early 1950s
NPG x128675

Brian Robins, by Ida Kar - NPG x131129

Brian Robins

by Ida Kar
toned vintage bromide print, early 1950s
NPG x131129

Brian Robins, by Ida Kar - NPG x131131

Brian Robins

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, early 1950s
NPG x131131

Michael Werner, by Ida Kar - NPG x132110

Michael Werner

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, early 1950s
NPG x132110

Raymond Thornton Chandler, by Ida Kar - NPG x132489

Raymond Thornton Chandler

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, early 1950s
NPG x132489

Doris Lessing, by Ida Kar - NPG x88537

Doris Lessing

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, early 1950s
NPG x88537

Ida Kar, by Ida Kar - NPG x88604

Ida Kar

by Ida Kar
quarter-plate film negative, early 1950s
NPG x88604

Compton Mackenzie, by Ida Kar - NPG x13787

Compton Mackenzie

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1950s
NPG x13787

Sir Laurens Jans van der Post, by Ida Kar - NPG x23320

Sir Laurens Jans van der Post

by Ida Kar
bromide print, 1950s
NPG x23320

André Beaudin, by Ida Kar - NPG x88615

André Beaudin

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1950s
NPG x88615

Alexei A. Surkov, by Ida Kar - NPG x132759

Alexei A. Surkov

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1950s
NPG x132759

Alexei A. Surkov, by Ida Kar - NPG x132760

Alexei A. Surkov

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1950s
NPG x132760

Llewellyn E. Thompson, by Ida Kar - NPG x132766

Llewellyn E. Thompson

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1950s
NPG x132766

Taner Baybars, by Ida Kar - NPG x132780

Taner Baybars

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1950s
NPG x132780

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