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Yousuf Karsh, master photographer of the 20th century

Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill

1941

“My portrait of Winston Churchill changed my life. I knew after I had taken it that it was an important picture, but I could hardly have dreamed that it would become one of the most widely reproduced images in the history of photography.”

A Life in Images

A Life in Images

Yousuf Karsh’s (1908-2002) extraordinary and unique body of work presents the viewer with an intimate and compassionate view of humanity.

Overview

Overview

During his career he held 15,312 sittings, produced over 150,000 negatives, and left an indelible artistic and historic record of the men and women who shaped the twentieth century.

Vannevar Bush

Vannevar Bush

Vannevar Bush was photographed by Karsh in 1950, the year legislation to create the National Science Foundation passed through Congress and was signed into law by President Truman. […]

Angela Lansbury

Angela Lansbury

Angela Lansbury was born on this day, October 16, in 1925, which makes her just 21 years old in this portrait. […]

Mikhail Gorbachev

Mikhail Gorbachev

On this day, October 15, in 1990, Mikhail Gorbachev was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize “for his leading role in the peace process which today characterizes important parts of the international community.” […]

Elixir

Elixir

From the very beginning of his career, Karsh was photographing almost daily. His work included weddings, passport photos, children and pets, dignitaries, as well as the theatre and some advertising. During this period, he was also experimenting with optics and Surrealism. […]

Francois Mauriac

Francois Mauriac

Francois Mauriac, novelist and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1952, was born on this day, October 11, in 1885. […]

Canadian Thanksgiving

Canadian Thanksgiving

On January 31, 1957, the Governor General of Canada Vincent Massey issued a proclamation stating: “A Day of General Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed – to be observed on the second Monday in October.” […]

T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings

T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings

If you aren’t familiar with the great British-born American tastemaker and furniture designer of the mid 1900s who established a style of decorating for the new post-war American home, I can tell you that his name is code for “fabulous, cool and very expensive.” […]

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