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Ida Kar

(1908-1974), Photographer

Sitter in 137 portraits
Artist associated with 1567 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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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

Brian Robins, by Ida Kar - NPG x133219

Brian Robins

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print on card mount, early 1950s
NPG x133219

Victor Musgrave, by Ida Kar - NPG x134021

Victor Musgrave

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, early 1950s
NPG x134021

Ida Kar, by Ida Kar - NPG x134035

Ida Kar

by Ida Kar
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1950s
NPG x134035

Brian Robins, by Ida Kar - NPG x134082

Brian Robins

by Ida Kar
2 1/4 inch square film negative, early 1950s
NPG x134082

Three unknown men, by Ida Kar - NPG x134492

Three unknown men

by Ida Kar
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1950s
NPG x134492

Anna Quayle, By Ida Kar - NPG x137394

Anna Quayle

By Ida Kar
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1950s
NPG x137394

Randolph Frederick Edward Spencer Churchill, by Ida Kar - NPG x139957

Randolph Frederick Edward Spencer Churchill

by Ida Kar
modern bromide print from original negative, 1950s
NPG x139957

Randolph Frederick Edward Spencer Churchill, by Ida Kar - NPG x139958

Randolph Frederick Edward Spencer Churchill

by Ida Kar
modern bromide print from original negative, 1950s
NPG x139958

Randolph Frederick Edward Spencer Churchill, by Ida Kar - NPG x139959

Randolph Frederick Edward Spencer Churchill

by Ida Kar
modern bromide print from original negative, 1950s
NPG x139959

Randolph Frederick Edward Spencer Churchill, by Ida Kar - NPG x139960

Randolph Frederick Edward Spencer Churchill

by Ida Kar
modern bromide print from original negative, 1950s
NPG x139960

Eli Montlake, by Ida Kar - NPG x199682

Eli Montlake

by Ida Kar
film negative, 1950s
NPG x199682

Eli Montlake, by Ida Kar - NPG x199683

Eli Montlake

by Ida Kar
film negative, 1950s
NPG x199683

Eli Montlake, by Ida Kar - NPG x199684

Eli Montlake

by Ida Kar
film negative, 1950s
NPG x199684

Angela Thirkell, by Ida Kar - NPG x200999

Angela Thirkell

by Ida Kar
quarter-plate film negative, 1950s
NPG x200999

Angela Thirkell, by Ida Kar - NPG x201255

Angela Thirkell

by Ida Kar
quarter-plate film negative, 1950s
NPG x201255

Angela Thirkell, by Ida Kar - NPG x201256

Angela Thirkell

by Ida Kar
quarter-plate film negative, 1950s
NPG x201256

Angela Thirkell, by Ida Kar - NPG x201257

Angela Thirkell

by Ida Kar
quarter-plate film negative, 1950s
NPG x201257

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