John Kobal was a renowned authority on cinema and Hollywood portrait photography. The author of over thirty film and photography-related books including ‘The Art of The Great Hollywood Portrait Photographers’ and ‘People Will Talk’, Kobal also curated many exhibitions on the work of major Hollywood portrait photographers at museums worldwide including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the National Portrait Gallery, Washington D.C.; the Victoria & Albert Museum and National Portrait Gallery, London.

John Kobal created the John Kobal Foundation Archive himself over a number of years. He was a great collector of movie imagery, memorabilia and related ephemera and this collection, which consists of an estimated 20,000 original 10×8 negatives, represents his own personal ‘Hollywood’ archive.