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Jerry Lewis, 1926-2017

Jerry Lewis, 1926-2017

Jerry Lewis has died at home in Las Vegas at the age of 91. Yousuf Karsh photographed Lewis in 1974 for Lewis’s Muscular Dystrophy annual Labor Day telethon.

Ford of Canada: Gow Crapper

Ford of Canada: Gow Crapper

This image, known as Rear Window, features Ford of Canada factory worker Gow Crapper. Karsh spent two weeks at Ford of Canada’s Windsor plant in 1951, and produced some of his best industrial photographs.

Karsh Award Artists Welcome a New Generation

Karsh Award Artists Welcome a New Generation

The Karsh Award honors the artistic legacy of Yousuf Karsh and his brother Malak Karsh, while continuing an intergenerational chain of mentorship that fosters camera-based innovation.

Dr. Helen Taussig

Dr. Helen Taussig

Dr. Helen Taussig is buried in Mount Auburn Cemetery, in Cambridge, Mass. This portrait is now being used to illustrate her biography on the cemetery’s website.

Richard Nixon Resigns

Richard Nixon Resigns

On this day, August 9, in 1974, Richard Nixon resigned in the face of impending impeachment.

Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol was born on August 6, 1928. Warhol was once advised by an art teacher to paint what he liked, which happened to be rather ordinary things.

Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams

Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams

Yousuf Karsh photographed Princess Grace in 1956, wearing this dress by Dior. The image is included in the new exhibition “Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams.”

Château Laurier – A Splendid Century

Château Laurier – A Splendid Century

Yousuf Karsh lived and worked at the Château Laurier for 19 years and his photographs hang in their Reading Lounge and the Karsh Suite. A new book by author Kevin J. Holland about the hotel’s past titled “Château Laurier – A Splendid Century” is out now.

Gerald Ford

Gerald Ford

Gerald Ford was born on this day, July 14, in 1913. Ford is one of the twelve US presidents – from Hoover to Clinton – who were photographed by Karsh.

Emil Schram and Sons

Emil Schram and Sons

An inquiry came in from someone who had been searching for years for a copy of this photograph of Emil Schram with his three sons.

A Statue of Yousuf Karsh is Unveiled

A Statue of Yousuf Karsh is Unveiled

“The presence of the statue of Yousuf Karsh in downtown Ottawa will always be one of the most beautiful symbols of Armenian-Canadian friendly relations.”

Chagall: Fantasies for the Stage

Chagall: Fantasies for the Stage

“Chagall: Fantasies for the Stage” opens July 31, 2017, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The exhibition highlights the principal role that music and dance played in Marc Chagall’s artistic practice.

Helen Keller

Helen Keller

Helen Keller was born on this day, June 27, in 1880. “On first looking into her blind but seeing eyes, I said to myself of this woman who had no sight or hearing since the age of three, ‘Her light comes from within.’”

Heroes of World War II

Heroes of World War II

“Heroes of World War II: Men and Women Who Put Their Lives on the Line” is a new publication from LIFE Books that features important figures from the period.

Bryan Adams

Bryan Adams

Library and Archives Canada, in collaboration with Canada 150 Federal Secretariat of Canadian Heritage, includes this portrait of Bryan Adams in their series of 365 historical fact capsules.

Clement Attlee Biography Wins Orwell Prize

Clement Attlee Biography Wins Orwell Prize

John Bew’s biography of Prime Minister Clement Attlee, “Citizen Clem”, has been awarded Britain’s most prestigious award for political writing, the Orwell Prize.

MomenTO Canada

MomenTO Canada

“In celebration of Canada 150, MomenTO highlights people, places and events from 1867 to 2017 that are significant to the history of Canada and Toronto.”

Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II

Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II

On this day, June 2, in 1953, Princess Elizabeth was formally crowned Queen Elizabeth II. This informal family portrait was made in 1951, and shows the then-Princess with her husband Prince Philip and their young children.

LIFE Magazine: John F. Kennedy Cover, 1961

LIFE Magazine: John F. Kennedy Cover, 1961

This LIFE magazine cover from August, 1961, featured a Karsh portrait of the 35th President of the United States. Karsh made this photograph of John F. Kennedy in 1960, when Kennedy was still a senator.

Wing Officer Willa Walker

Wing Officer Willa Walker

Our friends at the Canadian War Museum have this lovely photograph of Wing Officer Willa Walker in their collection, and it is currently on display as part of the traveling exhibition “World War Women /Grandes Guerres. Grandes Femmes.”

Ottawa Citizen: The Capital Builders

Ottawa Citizen: The Capital Builders

“In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, the Ottawa Citizen is rolling out one fact each day for 150 days until July 1, highlighting the odd, the fascinating and the important bits of Ottawa history you might not know about.”

John F. Kennedy’s 100th Birthday

John F. Kennedy’s 100th Birthday

John F. Kennedy was born on May 29, 1917. The 35th President of the United States, 1961-1963, was the youngest man elected to the office. The JFK Library is commemorating his centennial during the month of May.

The Eisenhower Memorial Commission

The Eisenhower Memorial Commission

The Estate is pleased to partner with the Eisenhower Memorial Commission in their ongoing work to memorialize the 34th US President on the National Mall.

Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern

Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern

“Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern” takes a new look at how the renowned modernist artist proclaimed her progressive, independent lifestyle through a self-crafted public persona.

Herman Leonard

Herman Leonard

Herman Leonard began his career as an apprentice to famed portrait photographer Yousuf Karsh. “In the Groove: Jazz Portraits by Herman Leonard” features Leonard’s iconic images of jazz legends.

Hemingway’s Brain

Hemingway’s Brain

The Washington Post Style section ran a cover story about Dr. Andrew Farah’s book, Hemingway’s Brain, which suggests Hemingway suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE.

They Desire a Better Country: The Order of Canada in 50 Stories

They Desire a Better Country: The Order of Canada in 50 Stories

“They Desire a Better Country: The Order of Canada in 50 Stories” includes portraits by Karsh, and, since he himself was a recipient of both the Companion of the Order of Canada and Officer of the Order of Canada, Karsh has his own section in the book.

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