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I’ve been eagerly waiting for Glamour of the Gods to open at the National Portrait Gallery since I first heard about it. I went along for a preview and was not disappointed.
This exquisite collection of over 70 portraits celebrates the golden Hollywood era and the Hollywood stars that captivated the world between the 1920s and the 1960s and beyond.
They were part of the infamous star system that large film studios like MGM had in place and their images were strictly controlled by these studios.
Image was of the upmost importance and the portraits convey the fascination and god-like appeal of these stars. It is perhaps because of these images that they became such celebrated stars.
I especially loved the portraits of Ava Gardner, Grace Kelly and James Stewart, having never seen them before. It’s amazing to think that there are still unseen images of these icons and the beautiful vintage prints will surprise many.
It is a truly incredible collection which shows the importance of the photographer in the making of these stars resulting in images which forever capture the elegance and glamour of its day.
Glamour of the Gods at the National Portrait Gallery, until 23 Oct 2011. Book tickets