Karsh Signature

Yousuf Karsh, master photographer of the 20th century

Other Philanthropic Work

Karsh arrived in Canada in 1925, aged 17, with little to his name. He had dreamed of becoming a doctor and although fortune led him to become a master photographer, he always felt an affinity for the medical profession. He made many portraits of doctors and when in 1962 he photographed Dr. Walter Alvarez, a medical specialist and author, he would meet Estrellita Nachbar, a medical writer, editor, and his wife-to-be. Together, the Karshes would invest in activities that marry the fields of art and medicine, as well as endowing several medical programs. Mrs. Karsh continues this work in their names. Please find ongoing news below.

Other Philanthropic Work
The Art of Healing

The Art of Healing

A relationship between the Museum of Fine Arts and Brigham and Women’s Hospital nurtured by Mrs Karsh explores the role of art in healing.

“Yousuf Karsh: American Portraits”

“Yousuf Karsh: American Portraits”

“In celebration of a major gift to its collection of more than 100 portraits created by renowned photographer Yousuf Karsh (1908–2002), the National Portrait Gallery presents the exhibition “Yousuf Karsh: American Portraits.”