John Kobal Foundation Collection
Consisting of over 6,000 photographs, the collection traces the history of Hollywood from approximately 1916 to the late twentieth century.
The John Kobal Foundation was set up to continue the work of its eponymous founder, who lived from 1940–1991. The foundation long divided its efforts between grant-making for photographers and promoting the photography collection that Kobal had amassed, which traces the history of Hollywood from approximately 1916 to the late twentieth century.
Much of the acquired collection consists of "vintage" prints produced around the time the negative was created, and some of it emerged from a project Kobal initiated in the 1970s, by which time he had acquired thousands of negatives from the studios that had long controlled their fate. He located most of the original photographers and arranged for them to create "life-time" prints from those negatives. There are also more recently printed images created specifically for the foundation to support a series of exhibitions it circulated in the past decade.
- Made in Hollywood: Photographs from the John Kobal Foundation, Hood Quarterly, spring/summer 2010