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.
More on Kar: Biography | Timeline | Whitechapel exhibition, 1960
by Ida Kar
2 1/4 inch square film negative, early 1940s
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