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Yousuf Karsh, master photographer of the 20th century

Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso

1954

“‘He will never be here,’ the gallery owner commented, when my assistant and two hundred pounds of equipment arrived. ‘He says the same thing to every photographer.’ To everyone’s amazement, the ‘old lion’ not only kept his photographic appointment with me but was prompt and wore a new shirt.”

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.

Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali

“Muhammad Ali arrived at my New York studio with a breathless young editor trailing behind.” […]

Francois Mauriac

Francois Mauriac

“Paris was without electric power when I photographed the eminent Catholic writer.” […]

Edward Kennedy

Edward Kennedy

American lawyer and politician Edward “Ted” Kennedy died on this day, August 25, in 2009. […]

René Lévesque

René Lévesque

Canadian politician and journalist René Lévesque was born on this day, August 24, in 1922. […]

Norman Rockwell

Norman Rockwell

Look closely, and you can see Rockwell’s sketches of Karsh as he set up his cameras and lighting. […]

Warren K. Cook

Warren K. Cook

Warren K. Cook was photographed on January 31, 1945, one of 243 Sitters listed in Mr. Karsh’s records for that year. […]

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