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John Kobal (born Ivan Kobaly, 30 May 1940 – 28 October 1991) was an Austrian-born British based film historian responsible for The Kobal Collection, a commercial photograph library related to the film industry.

Kobal was born in Linz, Austria, but the family emigrated to Canada when Kobal was ten and settled in Ottawa.

Kobal had a short-lived career as an actor in the early 1960s based in London, but Kobal was always a collector; magazines, postcards, pictures, any movie memorabilia. It was a chance encounter with Marlene Dietrich in Canada in the 1950’s that led Kobal to develop his affection for the Golden Age of Hollywood. He used his contacts from a BBC appointment in New York from 1964 to acquire Hollywood related photographs, eventually numbering about 4,500 images dating from the end of the silent era to about 1960. The material was then considered of little value and regularly dumped.

The author of thirty books, Kobal was responsible for organising the first exhibition of Hollywood related photographs at London's Victoria and Albert Museum in 1974. The critic John Russell Taylor has described Kobal's contribution to film studies as "unique". Kobal died of AIDS-related pneumonia in London.

The John Kobal Foundation, to which he donated his collection, was established as a registered charity at the end of 1992 and presented an annual award in Portrait Photography between 1993 and 2002.

The Kobal Collection can be found at www.picture-desk.com. The collection is split between the London and New York offices of The Picture Desk and now consists of over 200,000 images. The Collection also continues the exhibition work begun by John Kobal, mounting several exhibitions commissioned by the International Festival du Film, Cannes, and prestigious department stores in Japan.
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Total Books: 43
Las 100 mejores peliculas / Top 100 Movies
2003 - Las 100 Mejores Peliculas / Top 100 Movies [Libro Practico Y Aficiones / Practical Books and Fans - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788420655369
ISBN-10: 8420655368
Genres: Nonfiction, Humor & Entertainment
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Hollywood  les pionniers
1999 - Hollywood Les Pionniers (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782841140954
ISBN-10: 2841140954
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The Man Who Shot Garbo The Hollywood Photographs of Clarence Sinclair
1991 - The Man Who Shot Garbo the Hollywood Photographs of Clarence Sinclair (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780517071861
ISBN-10: 051707186X
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John Kobal Presents the Top 100 Movies
1988 - John Kobal Presents the Top 100 Movies (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780452261464
ISBN-10: 0452261465
Genres: Arts & Photography, Reference, Humor & Entertainment
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The Art of the Great Hollywood Portrait Photographers
1987 - The Art of the Great Hollywood Portrait Photographers (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780517641026
ISBN-10: 051764102X
Genre: Arts & Photography
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People Will Talk
1986 - People Will Talk (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780394536606
ISBN-10: 0394536606
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Portraits of the British Cinema 60 Glorious Years 1925-85
1985 - Portraits of the British Cinema 60 Glorious Years 1925-85 (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780948149139
ISBN-10: 0948149132
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Rita Hayworth The Time the Place and the Woman
1983 - Rita Hayworth the Time the Place and the Woman (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780425071700
ISBN-10: 0425071707
Genre: Humor & Entertainment
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Rita Hayworth
1983 - Rita Hayworth (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780425067512
ISBN-10: 0425067513
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Gotta Sing Gotta Dance - A History of Movie Musicals
1983 - Gotta Sing Gotta Dance - a History of Movie Musicals (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780600337966
ISBN-10: 0600337960
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The Art of the Great Hollywood Portrait Photographers 1925-1940
1980 - The Art of the Great Hollywood Portrait Photographers 1925-1940 (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780394428628
ISBN-10: 0394428625
Genre: Arts & Photography
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Film-Star Portraits of the Fifties 163 Glamour Photos
1980 - Film-star Portraits of the Fifties 163 Glamour Photos (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780486240084
ISBN-10: 0486240088
Genres: Arts & Photography, Biographies & Memoirs
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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Hollywood The Pioneers
1979 - Hollywood the Pioneers (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780002160476
ISBN-10: 0002160471
Genre: Arts & Photography
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Hollywood Glamor Portraits 145 Photos of Stars 1926-1949
1976 - Hollywood Glamor Portraits 145 Photos of Stars 1926-1949 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780486233529
ISBN-10: 0486233529
Genres: Arts & Photography, Humor & Entertainment
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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MARLENE DIETRICH
1968 - Marlene Dietrich [PICTUREBACKS] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780289370247
ISBN-10: 0289370248
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Greta Garbo
Greta Garbo [Picturebacks] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780289368688
ISBN-10: 0289368685
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Romance and the Cinema
Romance and the Cinema (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780289704233
ISBN-10: 0289704235
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Great Film Stills of the German Silent Era
Great Film Stills of the German Silent Era (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780486241951
ISBN-10: 0486241955
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Gods  goddesses of the movies
Gods Goddesses of the Movies (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780517115428
ISBN-10: 0517115425
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Gotta sing gotta dance A pictorial history of film musicals
50 years of movie posters
50 Years of Movie Posters (Other)
ISBN-13: 9780600335535
ISBN-10: 0600335534
Genres: Arts & Photography, Reference
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