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  • Carl Sandburg

  • Albert Camus

  • Albert Schweitzer

  • André Malraux

  • Benjamin Britten

  • Christian Dior

  • Ernest Hemingway

  • Frank Lloyd Wright

  • John Steinbeck

  • Josip Broz Tito

  • Laurence Olivier

  • Le Corbusier

  • Pablo Casals

  • Pablo Picasso

  • Paul Claudel

  • Sir Alexander Fleming

  • Terence Rattigan

  • Walt Disney

  • Augustus John

  • Lord Ismay

  • Moira Shearer

  • René Clair

  • Sir and Lady Laurence Olivier

  • Le Corbusier

  • Pablo Picasso

  • Pablo Casals

  • Josip Broz Tito

  • Benjamin Britten

  • Pablo Picasso

  • Pablo Picasso

  • Le Corbusier

  • John Steinbeck

  • Albert Schweitzer

  • Albert Camus

  • Sir Alexander Fleming

  • Pablo Picasso

  • Josip Broz Tito

  • Georges Enesco

  • Pablo Casals


Jonas Salk

Jonas Salk, 1991 On this day, April 26, in 1954, Jonas Salk’s polio vaccine began field trials. “The polio vaccine field trials of 1954, sponsored by the National Foundation for… […]

Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso, 1954 Pablo Picasso was born on this day, October 25, in 1881. Picasso was photographed by Karsh at Villa La Galloise, in July of 1954. “The maestro’s villa… […]

Ruth Draper

Ruth Draper, 1936 In 2019, 25 recordings were added to the United States Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry. One of them is Ruth Draper: “Complete recorded monologues” (1954-1956). Joining… […]

Christopher Plummer, 1929-2021

Christopher Plummer, 1959 Canadian actor Christopher Plummer has died. Plummer made his Broadway debut in 1954, and received multiple accolades including the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor at the… […]

Vincent Auriol

Vincent Auriol, 1949 Vincent Auriol (1884-1966) was a French politician who served as President of France from 1947 to 1954. Karsh some prolific months in 1949 photographing people in the… […]

Sports Illustrated

Henry Luce, 1944 August 16, 1954, saw the launch of Sports Illustrated magazine. It was founded by Henry Luce (1898-1967), an American magazine magnate who also founded Time, LIFE, and… […]

Augustus John

Augustus John, 1954 Augustus John (1878-1961) was a Welsh painter, draughtsman, and etcher regarded as one of Britain’s greatest artists. John was photographed during Karsh’s prolific trip to Europe in… […]

André Malraux

André Malraux, 1954 French novelist and art theorist André Malraux was born on this day, November 3, in 1901. Malraux was appointed by President Charles de Gaulle as Minister of… […]

Albert Camus

Albert Camus, 1954 French philosopher, author and journalist Albert Camus was born on this day, November 7, in 1913. Three years after he sat for Karsh, Camus would receive the… […]

Picasso at Paris Photo

Claude Picasso at Paris Photo, 2017, by Robert Klein At this year’s Paris Photo, our representative, Robert Klein, of Robert Klein Gallery, included Pablo Picasso in his booth. A lingering… […]

Richard Nixon’s Refusal

President-Elect Richard Nixon and Mrs. Nixon, January 1969 On this day, January 4, in 1974, President Richard Nixon refused to hand over tape recordings and documents that had been subpoenaed… […]

Albert Schweitzer

Albert Schweitzer, 1954 On this day, January 14, in 1875, Albert Schweitzer was born. Schweitzer was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize of 1952, and his acceptance speech, “The Problem of… […]

“We Met in Paris”

Marguerite Yourcenar, 1987 Joan E. Howard is the director of Petite Plaisance, the former home of Marguerite Yourcenar and Grace Frick, and is the author of From Violence to Vision:… […]

Lenore Tawney

Lenore Tawney, 1959 By request from a client in the Netherlands, these two portraits of American fiber artist Lenore Tawney have been freshly scanned. Tawney began weaving in 1954. Her… […]

Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso, 1954 On June 24, in 1901, Pablo Picasso had his first exhibition in Paris, “Yo Picasso” (I Picasso), at the Galerie Vollard. Karsh photographed Picasso in 1954 at… […]

Earl Warren

Earl Warren, 1955 October 5th marks the anniversary of Earl Warren’s swearing-in as the 14th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in 1953. He would sit until 1969. The “Warren… […]

Walt Disney

Walt Disney, 1954 Animator, voice actor and film producer Walt Disney was born on December 5, in 1901. Disney was photographed by Karsh in May, 1954, two months before construction… […]

Vivien Leigh

Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh, 1954 Academy Award-winning British stage and film actress Vivien Leigh was born on this day, November 5, in 1913. She won two Academy Awards for… […]

Calgary Stampede

…spread about “the legend a stampede built” and thrillingly the magazine’s archive is available online. Maclean’s, January 1, 1954: “In Calgary’s one zany week of celebration even the neon signs… […]

Jonas Salk’s First Inoculations

Jonas Salk, 1991 Today marks the 67th anniversary of the first mass inoculation against polio with the Jonas Salk vaccine. It took place on February 23, 1954, at Arsenal Elementary… […]

Linus Pauling

…of quantum chemistry and molecular biology. He is also one of only two people to be awarded Nobel Prizes in different fields – Nobel Prize for Chemistry, 1954; Nobel Peace… […]

Nelson Rockefeller

Nelson Rockefeller, 1944 American businessman and politician Nelson Rockefeller was born on this day, July 8, in 1908 (d. 1979). His Sitting record, dated Mar 30, 1944, states his role… […]

Earl Warren

Earl Warren, 1955 October 5th marks the anniversary of Earl Warren’s swearing-in as the 14th Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court in 1953. He would serve until 1969…. […]

André Malraux

Andre Malraux, 1954 French novelist and art theorist André Malraux died on this day, November 23, in 1976 (b. 1901). Malraux was appointed by President Charles de Gaulle as Minister… […]

Mary Martin

Mary Martin, 1960 Some glamor to get us through Hump Day. Mary Martin (1913-1990) was an American actress and singer. A muse of Rodgers and Hammerstein, she originated many leading… […]

Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway, 1957 The American novelist and journalist Ernest Hemingway was born on this day, July 21, in 1899 (d. 1961). Hemingway produced most of his work between the mid-1920s… […]

Philippe-Guy E. Woog

Mr. and Mrs. Philippe-Guy E. Woog and Carl, 1986 We are always delighted to hear from relatives of Karsh Sitters, especially when the relative was also photographed, as in this… […]

Agnes Macphail

Agnes Macphail, 1934 Agnes Macphail (1890-1954) was the first woman elected to the Canadian House of Commons and one of the first two women elected to the Ontario legislature. She… […]

Laurence Olivier

Laurence Olivier, 1954 English actor and director Laurence Olivier died on this day, July 11, in 1989 (b. 1907). Karsh recorded 175 sittings in 1954, when Olivier, and Viven Leigh,… […]

Thomas Watson

Thomas Watson, 1948 An inquiry came in about this portrait of Thomas Watson, recorded in 1948 by Karsh’s studio as “President, International Business Machines Corp.” Watson was photographed again the… […]


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