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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…. […]

Companion of the Order of Canada

From our personal archives comes this photograph of Yousuf Karsh receiving his Companion of the Order of Canada in 1990. The Order of Canada is the nation’s greatest honor. There… […]

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… […]

“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… […]

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… […]

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… […]

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 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… […]

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… […]

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… […]

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…. […]

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… […]

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… […]

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… […]

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… […]

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… […]

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… […]

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… […]

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… […]

Nelson Mandela Becomes President

Nelson Mandela, 1990 On this day, May 10, in 1994, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was sworn in as the first black president of South Africa. Mandela visited Canada three times, and… […]

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…. […]

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… […]

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… […]

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… […]

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… […]

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… […]

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… […]

Karsh: Officer of the Order of Canada

Yousuf Karsh being awarded Companion of the Order of Canada, 1990 On this day, December 22, in 1967, Yousuf Karsh was appointed Officer of the Order of Canada. The Order… […]

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… […]

Reagan and Gorbachev Tearing Down Walls

Mikhail Gorbachev, 1990 Thirty years ago on this day, June 12, 1987, US President Ronald Reagan challenged Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down” the Berlin Wall. Gorbachev was photographed… […]

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… […]


Master of Photography Award

International Center of Photography, NYC, 1990

Companion of the Order of Canada

Canada, 1990


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