Karsh Signature

Yousuf Karsh, master photographer of the 20th century

Karsh Center at MFA Boston

When young Yousuf Karsh was apprenticed to the eminent Boston photographer John Garo in the late 1920s, his mentor introduced him to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Karsh called his reaction to the artwork “a revelation,” immediate and long lasting. Throughout his life he would return to this Boston “university.” Over the years, Yousuf and Estrellita Karsh have made possible many photography-related activities at the Museum, through the Karsh Center, which holds the United States Archive of Karsh original fine art prints.

The ongoing activities of the Karsh Center encompass: the Karsh Lecture and Symposia; the Karsh Prize; the Senior Curator of Photographs, and Curator of Photographs; as well as special programs in collaboration with other institutions, such as Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Antioch College. Please find ongoing news about the Karsh Center below.

Karsh Center at MFA Boston
In the Wake: Japanese Photographers Respond to 3/11

In the Wake: Japanese Photographers Respond to 3/11

Divided into two sections—the first focused on the earthquake and tsunami and the second on the Fukushima disaster—the exhibition includes the work of 17 photographers, some of whom are among Japan’s most celebrated artists.

She Who Tells a Story

She Who Tells a Story

A daylong discussion that explored contemporary photography in Iran and the Arab world. Estrellita Karsh introduced distinguished speaker Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan, followed by a day of conversations with some of the region’s outstanding women photographers.