Steve McQueen in BullittPicture agency Shutterstock this week announced the acquisition of over 750,000 images from two prominent photo collections: The Art Archive and The Kobal Collection.
The Kobal Collection, founded by the late John Kobal, who was a film historian and collector of movie memorabilia, is the world’s leading film photo archive. It holds over a million images from the earliest days of cinema to the very latest releases. Among the collection are numerous memorable portraits of screen legends.
Audrey HepburnBoth collections, previously held by UK-based The Picture Desk, are now available to Shutterstock Premier customers around the world.
Ben Pfeifer, Senior Vice President of Business Development at Shutterstock, says, ‘The Art Archive and Kobal Collection immortalize some of the finest works of art and ancient historic events, and over a hundred years of iconic cinematic legends.
Charlton Heston in Ben-Hur‘These collections are the cornerstone of our archival art and entertainment offering, ‘ Pfeifer continues, ‘From the “Mona Lisa” to vintage Marilyn Monroe, together these collections represent a unique wealth of rare images which are invaluable for book publishing, documentaries, or creative projects.’
Steven Spielberg’s E.T.: The Extra-TerrestrialHere are some of our favourite portraits that are available from The Kobal Collection.
Marlon Brando on the set of On The WaterfrontLauren Bacall Yul Brynner star of Westworld James Dean starred in Giant with Elizabeth Taylor Ida Lupino was the first woman to direct a film noir with The Hitch-Hiker in 1953 Marilyn Monroe promotional shot from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes