The National Portrait Gallery’s current exhibition of vintage photographs spanning the 20′s to the 60′s in Hollywood is pure gold. Glamour of the Gods showcases previously unseen prints, alongside iconic images, all from the John Kobal Foundation. Expect to see the likes of Joan Crawford and Vivien Leigh rubbing shoulders with Marlene Dietrich and Louise Brooks in all their splendour. Snapped by such photographers as George Hurrell, Laszlo Willinger and Ruth Harriet Louise in a time before paparazzi, they had close relationships with both the Hollywood studios and the stars they photographed. Working in collaboration, the studios and photographers imbued the Hollywood glitterati with an air of mystique, elevating them, quite literally, to stars.
Until 23rd October.