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Porto welcomes Hollywood Icons at the Portuguese Photography Centre
26-02-2020

"Hollywood Icons" brings to Porto the legends of Hollywood; actors and actresses that make Hollywood the place where stars are born. This is a unique display that features the portraits of the big screen all time legends, as of 6th March, at the Portuguese Photography Centre. It will run till 7th June. The display can be visited from 10am to 7pm. There are guided tours and tickets cost 6 euros.


Hollywood Golden Era was just that, a time when fabulous men and women were deemed liquid gold as they rose above the mere mortals and lived in everyone's dreams.

This display is curated by Simon Crocker and Robert Dance and it will inaugurate in Porto on 6th March, after being on show in Brazil, Italy and Germany.

The circa 161 portraits, most of them in black and white, portray the symbols of an era and belong to the John Kobal Foundation, which has produced this exhibition, jointly with Terra Esplêndida.

Among the brightest film stars to feature the display, structured by epoch and immediately recognised by name are Charlie Chaplin, Marilyn Monroe, Marlon Brando, Audrey Hepburn, Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, Gary Cooper, Clark Gable, Marlene Dietrich, Hedy Lamarr, Lauren Bacall, Sophie Loren, Marcello Mastroianni, Burt Lancaster and Ava Gardner, just to mention a few.

Movie lovers will also be able to know who was "behind the scenes". As such, the work of great photographers also feature the exhibition, namely George Hurrell, master of light and shadow, Clarence Sinclair Bull, who managed the Photography Studio at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer for over 40 years, Laszlo Willinger, Ted Allan, Eugene Robert Richee, Ernest Bachrach and Harriet Louise, the only female photographer that has run a photo studio in the Hollywood Golden Era.

More than an exhibition of Hollywood big stars, this is also a display on the life and career of collector John Kobal (1940-1991).

Rui Pereira, from Terra Esplêndida, stated to Time Out that one of the curators of this exhibit, Simon Crocker, "will be in Porto to conduct guided tours", as well as Mário Augusto, "an expert in Hollywood cinema".