Classic portraits of Hollywood icons take over CAF

Marta Rodriguez

17:06 • 14 jun. 2021

updated at 17:11 • 14 jun. 2021

The huge and expressive eyes of Audrey Hepburn, capable of smiling with his eyes, and the face of golden proportions of Paul Newman, which would enchant a heart of ice, await the visitor from today at the Andalusian Center of Photography (CAF), on Pintor Díaz Molina street in Almería . And they do it within the framework of what is the first stop in Spain of the exhibition ‘Hollywood Icons. Photographs from the John Kobal Foundation ‘.

Until September 12, 161 portraits of great figures in the history of cinema have taken over the two floors of the old Lyceum building and there they remain undaunted, apart from their secrets and miseries. With the halo of stars that Hollywood infused them.

The museographic discourse of the proposal goes back to the adventures of Charlie Chaplin and Mary Pickford in silent films to delve into the early days of the arrival of sound from the hand of Celluloid divas like Marlene Dietrich and Joan Crawford and classic hotties like Clark Gable and Cary Grant. As a golden closure, legendary figures such as Marlon Brando, Paul Newman, Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni.

Inauguration of the exhibition this Monday at the CAF.

This morning there was the inauguration of this exhibition of classic portraits that belong to the famous archive of the John Kobal Foundation, gathered in a magnificent exhibition in collaboration with Terra Esplêndida. The event was chaired by the General Secretary for Cultural Innovation and Museums of the Board, Mar Sánchez Estrella, and included detailed explanations from Rui Pereira, director of Terra Esplêndida, who pointed out that, beyond the interpreters and directors , this exhibition It is intended to be a tribute to portrait and still photographers, most unrecognized but whose glamorous photographs played a crucial role in launching the stars. and the promotion of films.

George Hurrell’s portraits of Joan Crawford contributed, for example, to forging the actress’s charismatic presence on screen. And the indelible image of Greta Garbo was created in Ruth Harriet Louise’s portrait studio. The exhibition features works by 50 notable photographers, including Ruth Harriet Louise, considered Hollywood’s first female photographer. and the author for a time of the portraits of the then all-powerful Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

Parallel activities

Around the exhibition, the CAF plans to carry out a series of activities throughout the summer thanks to the collaboration of other cultural entities dependent on the Board. Thus, the ‘Photopoesía’ program began its second installment yesterday: the collective work of the Cádiz poet María Alcantarilla and the Granada-born photographer Joaquín Puga, who present at the CAF two reflections on the human body.

And on July 29, the cycle ‘Close-up’ will have its climax with the screening of ‘La Sal de la Tierra,’ a documentary about Sebastião Salgado Directed by Wim Wenders.