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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.

Nobel Peace Prize

Nobel Peace Prize

On October 16, in 1993, Nelson Mandela and F.W. de Klerk were jointly named Nobel Peace Prize winners. […]

The U.S. Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court

On this day, October 13, in 1932, President Herbert Hoover and Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes laid the cornerstone for the U.S. Supreme Court building. […]

John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck

A new biography of John Steinbeck features this portrait as the frontispiece. […]

Elixir

Elixir

“In the 1930s, I enjoyed experimenting with optics and Surrealism.” […]

Kennedy and Nixon Debate

Kennedy and Nixon Debate

On October 7, 1960, John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon faced off in their second debate, focusing on foreign policy and in particular the Cold War. […]

Thurgood Marshall

Thurgood Marshall

Thurgood Marshall was officially sworn in to the nation’s highest court at the opening ceremony of the Supreme Court term on October 2, 1967. […]

Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter

James Earl Carter Jr. was born on this day, October 1, in 1924. […]

City of Straws

City of Straws

“Before I realized it, I was evolving my own interpretation and just the upper structure of a great and ephemeral metropolis.” […]

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