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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.

More on Kar: Biography | Timeline | Whitechapel exhibition, 1960

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Terry Taylor

by Ida Kar
quarter-plate film negative, circa 1961
NPG x128252

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Barbara Hepworth

by Ida Kar
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1961
NPG x133289

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Terry Frost

by Ida Kar
modern bromide print from original negative, 1961
NPG x135081

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Terry Frost

by Ida Kar
modern bromide print from original negative, 1961; printed 2010
NPG x132977MP

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Ida Kar

by Ida Kar
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1962
NPG x134212

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Gustav Metzger

by Ida Kar
modern bromide print from original negative, October 1962
NPG x135082

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Anthony Sobers

by Ida Kar
gelatin silver print, 22 August 1974
NPG x201286

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