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Et The Extra-Terrestrial / Et The Extra Terrestrial / E.T. (1982) | Dir: Steven Spielberg |© Universal / The Kobal Collection
Et The Extra-Terrestrial / Et The Extra Terrestrial / E.T. (1982) | Dir: Steven Spielberg |© Universal / The Kobal Collection
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Now You Can Access The Most Iconic Images From Cinema History

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Film Editor
Updated: 12 September 2016
From the glamour of the Hollywood Golden Age to modern film classics in the making, getting hold of the most famous movie photos of all time has just become a whole lot easier.

Steve McQueen in Bullitt

Bullitt (1968) | Pers: Steve McQueen | Dir: Peter Yates | Ref: BUL010EM | Photo Credit: [ Warner Bros / The Kobal Collection ] | Editorial use only related to cinema, television and personalities. Not for cover use, advertising or fictional works without specific prior agreement

Bullitt (1968) Steve McQueen on the streets of San Francisco | © Warner Bros / The Kobal Collection

Picture 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 Hepburn 

Hepburn, Audrey (1954) | Pers: Audrey Hepburn | Ref: XHE022QT | Photo Credit: [ The Kobal Collection / Engstead, John ] | Editorial use only related to cinema, television and personalities. Not for cover use, advertising or fictional works without specific prior agreement

Audrey Hepburn in 1954. | ©  The Kobal Collection / Engstead, John

Both 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

Title: BEN HUR (1959) ¥ Pers: BOYD, STEPHEN / HESTON, CHARLTON ¥ Year: 1959 ¥ Dir: WYLER, WILLIAM ¥ Ref: BEN003DD ¥ Credit: [ MGM / THE KOBAL COLLECTION ]

BEN HUR (1959) Stephen Boyd and Charlton Heston |© MGM / THE KOBAL COLLECTION

‘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-Terrestrial

Et The Extra-Terrestrial / Et The Extra Terrestrial / E.T. (1982) | Dir: Steven Spielberg | Ref: ETX001AD | Photo Credit: [ Universal / The Kobal Collection ] | Editorial use only related to cinema, television and personalities. Not for cover use, advertising or fictional works without specific prior agreement

E.T. (1982) Dir: Steven Spielberg| © Universal / The Kobal Collection

Here are some of our favourite portraits that are available from The Kobal Collection.

Marlon Brando on the set of On The Waterfront

On The Waterfront (1954) | Pers: Marlon Brando | Dir: Elia Kazan | Ref: ONT001EF | Photo Credit: [ Columbia / The Kobal Collection ] | Editorial use only related to cinema, television and personalities. Not for cover use, advertising or fictional works without specific prior agreement

On The Waterfront (1954) Marlon Brando | © Columbia / The Kobal Collection

Lauren Bacall

Bacall, Lauren (1945) | Pers: Lauren Bacall | Ref: XBA002DK | Photo Credit: [ Warner Bros. / The Kobal Collection ] | Editorial use only related to cinema, television and personalities. Not for cover use, advertising or fictional works without specific prior agreement

Lauren Bacall  (1945) | © Warner Bros. / The Kobal Collection

Yul Brynner star of Westworld

Title: BRYNNER, YUL ¥ Pers: BRYNNER, YUL ¥ Year: 1956 ¥ Ref: XBR001AX ¥ Credit: [ THE KOBAL COLLECTION / FRAKER, BUD ]

Yul Brynner (1956) | © THE KOBAL COLLECTION / FRAKER, BUD

James Dean starred in Giant with Elizabeth Taylor

Dean, James (1954) | Pers: James Dean | Ref: XDE002AD | Photo Credit: [ Warner Bros / The Kobal Collection / Six, Bert ] | Editorial use only related to cinema, television and personalities. Not for cover use, advertising or fictional works without specific prior agreement

James Dean (1954) | © Warner Bros / The Kobal Collection / Six, Bert

Ida Lupino was the first woman to direct a film noir with The Hitch-Hiker in 1953

Title: LUPINO, IDA ¥ Pers: LUPINO, IDA ¥ Year: 1941 ¥ Ref: XLU013CD ¥ Credit: [ THE KOBAL COLLECTION / WELBOURNE, SCOTTY ]

Ida Lupino (1941) | © THE KOBAL COLLECTION / WELBOURNE, SCOTTY

Marilyn Monroe promotional shot from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Monroe, Marilyn / Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) | Pers: Marilyn Monroe | Ref: XMO001SC | Photo Credit: [ 20th Century Fox / The Kobal Collection / Kornman, Gene ] | Editorial use only related to cinema, television and personalities. Not for cover use, advertising or fictional works without specific prior agreement

Marilyn Monroe Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)| © 20th Century Fox / The Kobal Collection / Kornman, Gene