The exhibition “LIFE Magazine and the Power of Photography” opens this week. Karsh photographs featured on more than 20 LIFE covers during his lifetime.
This LIFE magazine cover from August, 1961, featured a Karsh portrait of the 35th President of the United States. Karsh made this photograph of John F. Kennedy in 1960, when Kennedy was still a senator.
From the archives at LIFE Magazine, the memorial edition for John F. Kennedy after his death in 1963 featuring a portrait by Karsh from 1960.
From the archives at LIFE Magazine. This cover from 1961 features a less well-known color portrait of Ernest Hemingway.
Anthony Eden was born on this day, June 12, in 1897. He became Prime Minister of Great Britain after Winston Churchill’s resignation in 1955.
Harry S. Truman was born on this day, May 9, in 1884. He was the 33rd president of the United States.
J. Edgar Hoover died on this day, May 2, in 1972. He was the first Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of the United States.
American financier, philanthropist, statesman, and political consultant Bernard Baruch coined the term “Cold War” on this day, April 16, in 1947
On this day, November 8, in 1960, John F. Kennedy became the youngest man ever to be elected president of the United States.
“You know, Mr. Karsh, the one that I would like you to photograph is not myself so much as my faithful aide.”
Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Molotov was born on this day, March 9, in 1890.
Congratulations to singer, songwriter, musician, and activist Joan Baez for her Kennedy Center Honor.
“There was one picture in particular that won the attention of the photographer and of his sitter: a close-up of Thomas Mann’s hands.”
American actress, singer, and dancer Judy Garland died on this day, June 22, in 1969.
John F. Kennedy was born on this day, May 29, in 1917.
Freshly digitized, Lammot du Pont II was an American businessman who was the head of the du Pont family company.
New to our digital archives: Felix Frankfurter, a noted advocate of judicial restraint in the judgments of the United States Supreme Court.
“Our session lasted three-and-a-half hours. From time to time we would stop to refresh ourselves with Cuban rum and Coke. “Tell me,” he said, “about photographing Helen Keller.””
India’s “Better Photography” is the leading photography magazine in India and South Asia. June’s issue features the work of Yousuf Karsh.
Neil Leifer shared his story with a mesmerized audience at the eleventh Karsh Lecture in Photography.
The subject in the negative Karsh is holding up remained a mystery for many years before we learned it was Peggy Cummins, who was photographed in 1946.
Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company, installed the first moving assembly line for mass production on this day, December 1, in 1913. This enabled Ford to produce a more affordable automobile.
His life in his own words.