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Yousuf Karsh, master photographer of the 20th century

Martin Luther King

Martin Luther King

1962

This portrait was taken under the most difficult conditions. We had very little time, and the only place available was a corner of Mr. King’s church. Nowhere could he relax when constantly beset by friends and aides wishing him well, commiserating on his difficulties, congratulating him upon his return, planning new strategy. What emerged in my mind and, I trust, in the portrait, was the dedication of the man and his clear vision of ultimate victory.

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 370,000 negatives, and left an indelible artistic and historic record of the men and women who shaped the twentieth century.

Duke and Duchess of Windsor

Duke and Duchess of Windsor

On December 11, 1936, after ruling for less than one year, Edward VIII became the first English monarch to voluntarily abdicate the throne, as he wished to marry a divorcée. […]

Walt Disney

Walt Disney

Animator, voice actor and film producer Walt Disney was born on December 5, in 1901. […]

John Walker

John Walker

John Walker was an American art curator, and the second director of the National Gallery of Art, from 1956 to 1969. […]

Dr. Christiaan Barnard

Dr. Christiaan Barnard

On this day in December, 1967, the first human heart transplant was performed in South Africa by Dr Christiaan Barnard. […]

Aaron Copland

Aaron Copland

American composer and conductor Aaron Copland died on this day, December 2, in 1990. […]

Royal Christmas Cards

Royal Christmas Cards

This portrait of the British Royal family in 1987 was used as the Royal Household’s Christmas card. […]

Pope John XXIII

Pope John XXIII

Pope John XXIII, Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, was born on this day, November 25, in 1881. […]

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