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Photographs

  • Al Hirschfeld

  • Jim Henson and Yousuf Karsh

  • Mikhail Gorbachev

  • Nelson Mandela

  • Tom Wolfe

  • Jasper Johns

  • Jessye Norman

  • Jim Henson

  • Al Hirschfeld

  • Philip Glass

  • Nelson Mandela

  • Nelson Mandela

  • Jessye Norman

  • Jasper Johns

  • Dizzy Gillespie

  • Kurt Vonnegut and Ray Bradbury

  • Milton Glaser

  • Nelson Mandela

  • Jim Henson

  • James Watson

  • Henry Kissinger

  • Arthur Miller

  • Gordie Howe

  • Mikhail Gorbachev

  • Ralph Nader

  • Leo Castelli

  • Helen Gurley Brown

  • Cornell Capa

  • Isaac Stern

  • Kurt Vonnegut

  • Gordon Parks

  • Bob Cousy

  • Judith Jamison

  • Bobby Short

  • Helen Frankenthaler

Legacy

Mikhail Gorbachev

Mikhail Gorbachev, 1990 On this day, October 15, in 1990, Mikhail Gorbachev was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize “for his leading role in the peace process which today characterizes important… […]

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela, 1990 On this day, February 11, in 1990, Nelson Mandela was released after 27 years in prison. Karsh photographed Mandela in June of 1990, during Mandela’s formal visit… […]

Dizzy Gillespie

Dizzy Gillespie, 1990 It is usually a surprise for people when they learn that Yousuf Karsh photographed Dizzy Gillespie. The jazz musician posed in 1990, for Karsh’s American Legends project…. […]

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela, 1990 On this day, February 11, in 1990, Nelson Mandela was released after 27 years in prison. Karsh photographed Mandela in June of 1990, during Mandela’s formal visit… […]

Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher, 1974 On this day, November 22, in 1990, Margaret Thatcher announced her resignation. The first woman prime minister in British history was elected in 1979 and was the… […]

Nelson Mandela Released

Nelson Mandela, 1990 On this day, February 11, in 1990, Nelson Mandela was released from prison after 27 years in confinement. Karsh photographed Mandela in June of that year. Canadian… […]

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… […]

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela, 1990 Celebrating the release of Nelson Mandela after 27 years in prison on February 11, 1990, we added this portrait of the great man, laughing at a joke… […]

Lech Walesa

Lech Walesa, 1989 On December 9, 1990, Lech Walesa won the Polish presidential election, defeating Prime Minister Mazowiecki and other candidates to become Poland’s first freely elected head of state… […]

“American Legends”

Julie Harris, 1991 In 1992, Yousuf Karsh published American Legends, (Little, Brown and Company), a book of portraits made in 1990 and 1991. “Yousuf Karsh captures the essence of nearly… […]

Cornell Capa

Cornell Capa, 1990 Karsh photographed a handful of his fellow photographers. Robert Capa was photographed in 1990 for Karsh’s “American Legends” series; he had previously been photographed in 1981. Like… […]

Mary Martin

Mary Martin, 1960 American actress and singer Mary Martin died on this day, November 3, in 1990 (b. 1913). She was photographed by Karsh in 1960, the year in which… […]

James Watson

James Watson, 1990 On February 28, 1953, Cambridge University scientists James D. Watson and Francis H.C. Crick announced that they had determined the double-helix structure of DNA, the molecule containing… […]

Jim Henson: Sesame Street

Jim Henson, 1990 The educational children’s television program Sesame Street debuted on this day, November 10, in 1969, and featured Jim Henson’s Muppets. Sesame Street would go on to win… […]

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… […]

Tom Wolfe, 1930-2018

Tom Wolfe, 1990 American author, journalist, and “unabashed contrarian” Tom Wolfe has died, aged 88. “Wolfe adopted wearing a white suit as a trademark in 1962. He bought his first… […]

J├ínos Hugo Bruno “Hans” Selye

Dr. Hans Selye, 1973 Dr. Hans Selye was a pioneering Hungarian-Canadian endocrinologist known for demonstrating the existence of biological stress and indeed coining the term “stress”. Hungarian journalist Zsuzsanna Balázs… […]

Nelson Mandela Centenary

Nelson Mandela, 1990 On this day, July 18, in 1918, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was born. The anti-apartheid revolutionary and political leader was photographed by Karsh in June, 1990, just four… […]

Philip Glass

Philip Glass, 1990 Philip Glass was born on this day, January 31, in 1937. He has written numerous operas and musical theatre works, twelve symphonies, eleven concertos, eight string quartets… […]

Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher, 1974 Britain’s first female prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, died on this day, April 8, in 2013. She served from 1979 to 1990, making her the longest-serving British prime… […]

Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut and Ray Bradbury, 1990 The Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library “champions the literary, artistic, and cultural contributions of the late writer, artist, teacher, and Indianapolis native Kurt Vonnegut…. […]

Benazir Bhutto

Benazir Bhutto, 1989 Benazir Bhutto was born on this day, June 21, in 1953. She served as Prime Minister of Pakistan from 1988 to 1990 and again from 1993 to… […]

Milton Glaser

Milton Glaser, 1990 American graphic designer Milton Glaser was born on this day, June 26, in 1929. He is most well known for the logo “I Love New York”: I… […]

Mikhail Gorbachev

Mikhail Gorbachev, 1990 In an interview with the BBC earlier this month, former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev warned that current tension between Russia and the West is putting the world… […]

Henry Kissinger

Henry Kissinger, 1972 This portrait of Henry Kissinger illustrates a book review in The New Yorker‘s May 18, 2020, issue. “Barry Gewen’s new book, The Inevitability of Tragedy (Norton), belongs… […]

Arnold Palmer

Arnold Palmer, 1991 American golf champion Arnold “The King” Palmer was born on this day, September 10, in 1929. Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Gary Player were “The Big Three” in… […]

Nobel Peace Prize

Nelson Mandela, 1990 On October 16, in 1993, Nelson Mandela and F.W. de Klerk were jointly named Nobel Peace Prize winners. De Klerk served as State President of South Africa… […]

Arthur Miller

Arthur Miller, 1990 Newly added to our database is this color portrait of Arthur Miller. Karsh photographed Miller and a whole host of other people across 1990 and 1991 for… […]

Canada’s Storytellers

Viscount Alexander, 1946 Canada’s Storytellers: the Governor General’s Literary Award Laureates is out now from University of Ottawa Press. Editor Andrew Irvine included several Karsh portraits, both of Governors General… […]

Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher, 1976 Margaret Thatcher became Britain’s first female prime minister on this day, May 4, in 1979. She was in office from 1979 to 1990, making her the longest-serving… […]

Ralph Nader

Ralph Nader, 1990 Another image freshly added to the website, American political activist and attorney Ralph Nader. Nader was also photographed for American Legends, in 1990…. […]

Billie Jean King

Billie Jean King, 1991 This portrait of the American former World No. 1 professional tennis player Billie Jean King is newly added to the database in honor of this year’s… […]

Angela Lansbury

Angela Lansbury, 1946 The American crime drama “Murder, She Wrote” debuted on this day in 1984. In the role of the main character, Jessica Fletcher, Angela Lansbury was nominated for… […]

Sesame Street

Yousuf Karsh with Jim Henson and Kermit the Frog, 1990 The beloved children’s television program Sesame Street debuted on this day, November 10, in 1969, and featured Jim Henson’s Muppets…. […]

Bob Cousy

Bob Cousy, 1990 Bob Cousy, born in 1928, is a beloved American former professional basketball player who was a point guard with the Boston Celtics from 1950 to 1963, and… […]

Judith Jamison

Judith Jamison, 1990 Judith Jamison is an American dancer and choreographer (b. 1943). She was photographed by Karsh in 1990, when she was the director of the Alvin Ailey American… […]

Mikhail Gorbachev

Mikhail Gorbachev, 1990 Mikhail Gorbachev was born on this day, March 2, in 1931. Repost from 2019: In an interview with the BBC earlier this month, former Soviet leader Mikhail… […]

Bobby Short

Bobby Short, 1990 American cabaret singer and pianist Bobby Short died March 21, in 2005 (b. 1924). He was photographed in 1990 for Karsh’s “American Legends” project, and Karsh noted… […]

Jack Bush

Jack Bush, 1974 John “Jack” Bush (1909-1977) was a Canadian abstract painter. A member of “Painters Eleven,” a group of Canadian abstract artists, his paintings are associated with the Color… […]

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… […]

Benazir Bhutto

Benazir Bhutto, 1989 Benazir Bhutto was born on this day, June 21, in 1953. She served as Prime Minister of Pakistan from 1988 to 1990 and again from 1993 to… […]

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela, 1990 On this day, July 18, in 1918, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was born. The anti-apartheid revolutionary and political leader was photographed by Karsh in June, 1990, just four… […]

Arthur Goldberg

…States, and the 6th United States Ambassador to the United Nations. He was born on this day, August 8, in 1908 (d. 1990). In 1961, President John F. Kennedy appointed… […]

Mikhail Gorbachev, 1931-2022

Mikhail Gorbachev, 1990 Russian and former Soviet politician Mikhail Gorbachev has died. The eighth and final leader of the Soviet Union, he was the General Secretary of the Communist Party… […]

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela, 1990 The South African anti-apartheid activist who served as the first president of South Africa from 1994 to 1999 died on this day, December 5, in 2013. Mandela… […]

Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut, 1990 Kurt Vonnegut died on April 11, in 2007 (b. 1922). He was an American writer and humorist known for his satirical and darkly humorous novels. Vonnegut was… […]

Billie Jean King

Billie Jean King, 1991 One of the greatest tennis players of all time, Billie Jean King was photographed on this day, April 28, in 1991. King turned professional in 1959… […]

Marilyn Horne

Marilyn Horne, 1991 Marilyn Horne is an American mezzo-soprano opera singer born in 1934. She is a recipient of the National Medal of Arts, the Kennedy Center Honors, and has… […]

Walter Annenberg

Walter Annenberg, 1965 Walter Annenberg (1908-2002) was an American businessman, investor, philanthropist, and diplomat. Karsh’s sitting record notes him as “Publisher, The Philadelphia Enquirer” – Annenberg owned and operated Triangle… […]

George Stavropoulos

George Stavropoulos, 1987 George Stavropoulos (1920–1990) was a New York fashion designer best known for his draped silk chiffon dresses and evening gowns that seemed to float in air. He… […]

Ralph Nader

Ralph Nader, 1990 Ralph Nader is an American presidential candidate, political activist, author, lecturer, and attorney noted for his involvement in consumer protection, environmentalism, and government reform causes. Nader has… […]

Henry Kissinger, 1923-2023

Henry Kissinger, 1990 American politician, diplomat, political scientist, and geopolitical consultant Henry Kissinger has died. Kissinger was photographed by Karsh in 1972 and 1990. See more portraits from their sitting…. […]

Benazir Bhutto

Benazir Bhutto, 1989 On this day in 1988, Benazir Bhutto was named Prime Minister of Pakistan; she served in the role from 1988 to 1990 and again from 1993 to… […]

Cornell Capa

Cornell Capa, 1990 In 2024, New York City’s International Center of Photography celebrates its 50th anniversary! Cornell Capa founded ICP in 1974 to champion “concerned photography” -images that have the… […]

Marilyn Horne

Marilyn Horne, 1991 Marilyn Horne is an American mezzo-soprano opera singer born on this day, January 16, in 1934. She is a recipient of the National Medal of Arts, the… […]

Walter Annenberg

Walter Annenberg, 1965 Walter Annenberg was an American businessman, investor, prominent philanthropist, and diplomat.* Karsh’s sitting record notes him as “Publisher, The Philadelphia Enquirer”: Annenberg owned and operated Triangle Publications,… […]

Awards

Master of Photography Award

International Center of Photography, NYC, 1990

Companion of the Order of Canada

Canada, 1990

Exhibitions

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