Our friend and colleague Julia Van Haaften, founding curator of the New York Public Library’s photography collection, has released her in-depth biography Berenice Abbott: A Life in Photography.
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.
Josip Broz, commonly known as Tito, was born on this day, May 7, in 1892.
Actress and singer Sophia Loren was born on this day, September 20, in 1934.
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
Stephen Sondheim was born on this day, March 22, in 1930.
“You know, Mr. Karsh, the one that I would like you to photograph is not myself so much as my faithful aide.”
American architect and designer Frank Lloyd Wright died on this day, April 9, in 1959.
On this day in 1963, Gregory Peck won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in the film “To Kill a Mockingbird.”
We are very pleased to announce our partnership with the creators of the new three-part, six-hour series “Hemingway.”
Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Molotov was born on this day, March 9, in 1890.
American actress Kim Novak celebrated her 88th birthday on February 13, 2021.
Scottish novelist and politician John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir, died on this day, February 11, in 1940
Russian-American violinist Jascha Heifetz was born on February 2, in 1901.
Frost was honored frequently during his lifetime and is the only poet to receive four Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry.
Congratulations to singer, songwriter, musician, and activist Joan Baez for her Kennedy Center Honor.
Yousuf Karsh was born on this day, December 23, in 1908.
A nice new addition to the digital archives is this 1973 portrait of German-born businessman and philanthropist Max Stern.
The New Press has released its Spring 2021 catalog and they chose this portrait of Paul Robeson to promote their new book “No One Can Silence Me.”
A new biography of John Steinbeck features this portrait as the frontispiece.
“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.
Surrounded at Taliesin West by twenty-three of his apprentices, the founder of organic architecture brandished a cigarette he would later sheepishly cut out of his portraits.
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.
English conductor and impresario Thomas Beecham was born on this day, April 29, in 1879.
American author, politician, ambassador and public conservative figure Clare Boothe Luce was born on this day, March 10, in 1903.
New to our digital archives: Felix Frankfurter, a noted advocate of judicial restraint in the judgments of the United States Supreme Court.
On this day, February 12, in 2000, the world lost one of its most beloved cartoonists, Charles “Sparky” Schulz.
Mrs. Estrellita Karsh celebrates her 90th birthday this weekend, on January 19. Estrellita Nachbar met Yousuf Karsh in 1961.
Russell William Bannock was a Canadian fighter ace during the Second World War.
Today is the anniversary of Churchill’s famous “some chicken, some neck!” speech, immediately after which Karsh would make his outstanding portrait of the great British Prime Minister.
Happy holidays and a healthy new year to all our followers.
In 2019, 25 recordings were added to the United States Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry. One of them is Ruth Draper.
A mystery is solved thanks to our wonderful colleagues at Archives Canada, where the Karsh Fonds are held.
Eleanor Roosevelt was born on this day, October 11, in 1884.
American soprano Jessye Norman has died.
In July, Pope Francis approved a miracle that occurred through the intercession of Archbishop Sheen, clearing the way for his beatification.
Photographer Berenice Abbott was born on this day, July 17, in 1898.
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.
In 1945, Karsh was sent by LIFE to photograph the delegates at the United Nations Conference on International Organization, which included Vyacheslav Molotov.
Jacques Cousteau was born on this day, June 11, in 1910. Karsh photographed Cousteau and his two sons, Jean-Michel and Philippe.
“Beyond the Thirty-Nine Steps: A Life of John Buchan” by Buchan’s granddaughter, Ursula Buchan, is out now from Bloomsbury UK.
Jamie Bernstein and Steve J. Sherman’s book “Leonard Bernstein 100: The Masters Photograph the Maestro” is out on the shelves now.
“Graciela Iturbide’s Mexico” opened at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, on January 19, 2019, and runs through May 12, 2019. The exhibition was curated by Kristen Gresh, Estrellita and Yousuf Karsh Curator of Photographs.
“After decades of inertia, the market for the great abstract artist Hans Hartung is gaining momentum thanks to support from leading galleries and museums.”
Nobel Prizes are generally awarded today, December 10, the anniversary of Alfred Nobel’s death. In 1938, Pearl Buck became the first American woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Viscountess Astor was the first female Member of Parliament to take her seat, winning a by-election on November 28, 1919.
The enormously successful “Living Modern” exhibition continues its travels.
As well as telling the compelling story behind the 1941 portrait of Winston Churchill that truly launched Karsh’s career, Estrellita speaks to how Karsh’s own history informed his work, leading to such intimate and honest photographs.
Fulton Sheen was an American bishop (later archbishop) of the Catholic Church known for his preaching and especially his work on television and radio.
“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.””
“It is our hope that Maine high school students will view the poster and will learn about a scientist important to the field of medical genetics and from their home state of Maine.”
We recently heard from a one-time medical student at Johns Hopkins. The gentleman said he happened to be present the day the portrait of Dr. Taussig was taken.
India’s “Better Photography” is the leading photography magazine in India and South Asia. June’s issue features the work of Yousuf Karsh.
Joan E. Howard is the director of Petite Plaisance, the former home of Marguerite Yourcenar and Grace Frick. Available now in hardcover and digital download from University of Missouri Press is Howard’s latest book, “We Met in Paris” Grace Frick and Her Life with Marguerite Yourcenar.
Neil Leifer shared his story with a mesmerized audience at the eleventh Karsh Lecture in Photography.
On this day, April 18, in 1956, American actress Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier of Monaco.
“The animated movie star welcomed me to her New York apartment in blue jeans, with her hair in curlers!”
The fiftieth issue of the John Buchan Society’s Journal, was published at the end of 2017 and features an essay by our Curator, Jerry Fielder, about the warm and fruitful relationship between Buchan and Karsh.
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.
This exhibition presents a selection of Inuit prints from the collection of renowned portrait photographer Yousuf Karsh and his wife Estrellita.
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.
The Karsh Award honors the artistic legacy of Yousuf Karsh and his brother Malak Karsh, while continuing an intergenerational chain of mentorship that fosters camera-based innovation.
Dr. Helen Taussig is buried in Mount Auburn Cemetery, in Cambridge, Mass. This portrait is now being used to illustrate her biography on the cemetery’s website.
An inquiry came in from someone who had been searching for years for a copy of this photograph of Emil Schram with his three sons.
John Bew’s biography of Prime Minister Clement Attlee, “Citizen Clem”, has been awarded Britain’s most prestigious award for political writing, the Orwell Prize.
“Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern” takes a new look at how the renowned modernist artist proclaimed her progressive, independent lifestyle through a self-crafted public persona.
“It’s been 15 years since Yousuf Karsh died. At the time, digital was just starting to overtake film as the most popular photographic medium.”
Estrellita Karsh was recognized as a Service Hero for the 2017 Class at Project 351’s Annual Launch and Service Day.
The 2016 Karsh Lecture featured a conversation with Sharon Farmer, presidential photographer to President William Clinton; and David Hume Kennerly, personal photographer to President Gerald R. Ford.
“Finding the right solution for someone as timeless as Audrey proved a tricky task. Not only was she a classically beautiful actress, she also dedicated her life to philanthropy. It was easy to find inspiration for her portrait in Yousuf Karsh’s photograph from 1956.”
Introduced by former Michigan Governor James Blanchard, Jerry Fielder, Curator and Director of the Estate of Yousuf Karsh, will speak on the life and work of Yousuf Karsh.
Four experts in the field will discuss Karsh in sympathy and in contrast to the exhibition Yousuf Karsh: Regarding Heroes, which celebrates the centenary of the birth of Yousuf Karsh.
Established in 1996, by Yousuf and Estrellita Karsh, the Annual Lecture brings noted photographers to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to share their life’s work and philosophy. Inaugurated by Gordon Parks in 1998.
News, The Karsh Center at MFA Boston, other philanthropic work.
His life in his own words.