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Yousuf Karsh, master photographer of the 20th century

Princess Elizabeth

Princess Elizabeth

1951

Karsh's official portrait of Princess Elizabeth was taken at Clarence House, in London, on July 30, 1951. It shows the young Princess happy and relaxed, only a short six months before the death of her father, King George VI, when she suddenly became the future Queen of England, with all the weighty responsibilities that would bring.

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.

The Crown

The Crown

Netflix series “The Crown” is proving to be one of the most successful and most “binge-watched” series of all time. Naturally, Mr. Karsh photographed many of the people who are portrayed in the show.  […]

Jean Monnet

Jean Monnet

Jean Monnet was a French political economist and diplomat, and is considered one of the founding fathers of the European Union. […]

Barbara Ann Scott

Barbara Ann Scott

Barbara Ann Scott was a Canadian figure skater. She was the 1948 Olympic champion, a two-time World champion, and a four-time Canadian national champion in ladies’ singles. […]

Marguerite Yourcenar

Marguerite Yourcenar

In celebration of the UK’s LGBT History Month, Richard Bruce Parkinson, professor of Egyptology at the University of Oxford, writes about French novelist and essayist Marguerite Yourcenar’s essay ‘Le cerveau noir de Piranèse’. […]

Frank M. Folsom

Frank M. Folsom

We received an email about this photograph from a man hoping we could help identify the subject. After some pondering of the handwriting, we searched on this website. […]

Andrei Sakharov Memorial Concert

Andrei Sakharov Memorial Concert

“… it is the best photo that visualizes the humanity of Sakharov and at the same time is the face that most people remember. Karsh’s photo is exactly the one that fits.” […]

Georgia O’Keeffe’s Style

Georgia O’Keeffe’s Style

Fashion-industry trade journal Women’s Wear Daily reviewed “Georgia O’Keeffe: Art, Image, Style” which is on view at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, through April 1, 2018. Estrellita Karsh shares her recollections in the article. […]

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