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Tennessee Williams – Playwright & Painter

Tennessee Williams, 1956 “Tennessee Williams – Playwright & Painter” is an exhibition featuring nine of Tennessee William’s paintings dating from the 1970s. The show runs from May 2 – October… […]

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… […]

Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms

Louise Mirrer, President and CEO, New-York Historical Society, at the grand opening of New-York Historical Society’s “Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms” on May 30, 2018. © Melanie Einzig “Rockwell,… […]

John Walker

John Walker III, 1964 New to the website: John Walker III, an American art curator, and the second director of the National Gallery of Art, from 1956 to 1969. Walker,… […]

Igor Stravinsky

Igor Stravinsky, 1956 Russian-born composer, pianist, and conductor Igor Stravinsky was born on this day, June 17, in 1882. Stravinsky first achieved international fame with three ballets commissioned by the… […]

Audrey Hepburn and Mel Ferrer

Audrey Hepburn and Mel Ferrer being photographed by Yousuf Karsh circa 1957 © 1978 Bill Avery / mptvimages.com Thanks to social media, we sometimes discover gems new to the Estate…. […]

Norman Rockwell

Norman Rockwell, 1956 Karsh photographed the celebrated American artist Norman Rockwell in 1956. Look closely, and you can see Rockwell’s sketches of Karsh as he set up his cameras and… […]

Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier

Princess Grace and Prince Rainier, 1956 On this day, April 18, in 1956, American actress Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier of Monaco. The animated movie star welcomed me to her… […]

Robert Oppenheimer, Father of the Atomic Bomb

Robert Oppenheimer, 1956 The United States dropped nuclear weapons on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, and Nagasaki on August 9, 1945. Karsh photographed Robert Oppenheimer, known… […]

Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams

Princess Grace of Monaco, 1956 Yousuf Karsh photographed Princess Grace in 1956, wearing this dress by Christian Dior. The image is included in the new exhibition “Christian Dior: Designer of… […]

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Audrey Hepburn, 1956 Breakfast at Tiffany’s is now a reality: a café has opened at Tiffany’s flagship store on Fifth Avenue in New York City. According to the New York… […]

Canada Post, Karsh Commemorative Stamps

On May 27, 2008, Canada Post will launch three Commemorative stamps to celebrate Karsh’s Centenary. The stamps will feature his 1956 portrait of Audrey Hepburn, and his 1941 portrait of… […]

Gian Carlo Menotti

Gian Carlo Menotti, 1956 Italian-American composer and librettist Gian Carlo Menotti was born on this day, July 7, in 1911. Among his many honors and achievements, he won a Pulitzer… […]

Aaron Copland

Aaron Copland, 1956 American composer and conductor Aaron Copland died on this day, December 2, in 1990. Copland was photographed by Karsh in 1956, a particularly interesting and prolific year… […]

Jonas Salk

Jonas Salk, 1956 On March 26, 1953, Dr. Jonas Salk went on CBS radio to announce his vaccine for poliomyelitis. Salk campaigned for mandatory vaccination, claiming that public health should… […]

Jawaharlal Nehru

Jawaharlal Nehru, 1956 Jawaharlal Nehru died on this day, May 27, in 1964. Nehru was an Indian independence activist, and subsequently, the first Prime Minister of India and a central… […]

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… […]

Ravi Shankar

Ravi Shankar, 1968 The world lost sitar master Ravi Shankar on this day, December 11, in 2012. In 1956, Shankar left his home of India and began to tour Europe… […]

Robert Oppenheimer

Robert Oppenheimer, 1956 Robert Oppenheimer, theoretical physicist and one of the “fathers of the atomic bomb”, died on this day, February 18, in 1967. He was born in New York… […]

Tennessee Williams

Tennessee Williams, 1956 American playwright Tennessee Williams died on February 25, in 1983. Born Thomas Lanier Williams III in 1911, he became famous with the success of The Glass Menagerie… […]

Vyacheslav Molotov

V. M. Molotov, 1945 Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Molotov was born on this day, March 9, in 1890 (d. 1986). Molotov was a Soviet politician and diplomat, an Old Bolshevik, and a… […]

Charlton Heston

Charlton Heston and Son, 1956 Charlton Heston was born on this day, October 4, in 1923. He was photographed by Karsh in 1956 during filming of “The Ten Commandments”, both… […]

Jawaharlal Nehru

Jawaharlal Nehru, 1956 Jawaharlal Nehru was born on this day, November 14, in 1889. Nehru was an Indian independence activist, and subsequently, the first Prime Minister of India and a… […]

Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern Continues

Georgia O’Keeffe, 1956 The enormously successful “Living Modern” exhibition continues its travels. It is now showing at the Cleveland Museum of Art until March 3, 2018. Three portraits of Georgia… […]

Indian and Pakistani Independence

Jawaharlal Nehru, 1956 On August 15, in 1947, India and Pakistan gained their independence after 200 years of British rule. Karsh photographed India’s first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, in 1956 […]

Grace of Monaco: Princess in Dior

A singular look into Grace of Monaco’s stylish life through the exceptional dresses that the house of Dior created for her over the years. The book cover is a Karsh… […]

Musee Christian Dior

The Christian Dior museum is one of the only “Museums of France” dedicated to a couturier. Every year it holds a thematic exhibition presenting the creations of Christian Dior; 2019… […]

Charlton Heston

Charlton Heston and Son, 1956 Charlton Heston died on this day, April 5, in 2008. He was photographed by Karsh in 1956 during filming of “The Ten Commandments”, both in-costume,… […]

The King and I

Rodgers and Hammerstein, 1950 The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The King and I premiered on this day, March 29, in 1951, at Broadway’s St. James Theatre. It ran for nearly… […]

Carol Channing, 1921-2019

Carol Channing, 1956 American actress, singer, dancer and comedienne Carol Channing has died. Channing was photographed in April, 1956. Earlier that year, Karsh had photographed several Hollywood stars including Charlton… […]

Sir Edmund Hillary

Sir Edmund Hillary, 1960 On this day, May 29, in 1953, Edmund Hillary and Nepali Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay were the first recorded climbers to reach the summit of Mount… […]

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… […]

Georgia O’Keeffe’s Style

Georgia O’Keeffe, 1956 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,… […]

Roe vs. Wade

Justice William Brennan, 1963 45 years ago today, January 22, 1973, the United States Supreme Court made its decision that a right to privacy extended to a woman’s decision to… […]

Dag Hammarskjold

Dag Hammarskjold, 1956 On this day, September 18, in 1961, United Nations Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold died in a plane crashed. Hammarskjold was the youngest person to ever have held the… […]

Jonas Salk

Dr. Jonas Salk, creator of the polio vaccine, 1956 Relationships with the relatives and estates of Yousuf Karsh’s subjects can turn up interesting stories and personal photos, and lead to… […]

Jawaharlal Nehru

Jawaharlal Nehru, 1956 Jawaharlal Nehru, died on this day, May 27, in 1964 (b. 1889). Nehru was an Indian independence activist and, subsequently, the first Prime Minister of India, as… […]


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