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Role, Location, Notes
Mar 30 1944

Mr. Ralph A. Bard

Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Washington, D.C.
For LIFE Magazine
Feb 17 1989

Alfred Eisenstaedt

Photographed at LIFE Magazine offices for East-West Network
Jun 10 1982

Judith Anderson

Individually and together with Zoe Caldwell, in the play “Medea”
For LIFE Magazine
Mar 30 1982

Christopher Plummer

Dual sitting with James Earl Jones. In costumes for Othello and Iago parts
For LIFE Magazine
Jun 10 1982


Actresses from the play. Judith Anderson and Zoe Caldwell in costume for parts in Medea. photographed together and individually
For LIFE Magazine
Jun 10 1982

Zoe Caldwell

Individually and together with Judith Anderson, in the play “Medea”
For LIFE Magazine
Mar 30 1982

James Earl Jones

Dual sitting with Christopher Plummer. In costumes for Othello and Iago parts
For LIFE Magazine
Oct 14 1972

Simon Ward

(As Winston Churchill)
For LIFE Magazine
Sep 29 1955

Mr. George Humphrey

United States Secretary of the Treasury for President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
For LIFE Magazine, through PIX Publishing
Sep 29 1955

General Wilton B. Persons

Liaison Officer. Deputy Assistant to the President
For LIFE Magazine, through PIX Publishing
Feb 18 1946

Mr. Henry Ford II

Ford Motor Company
For LIFE Magazine Captains of Industry
Jan 29 1946

Mr. Donald W. Douglas

President, Douglas Aircraft Co. Inc.
For LIFE Magazine Captains of Industry
Jan 11 1946

Mr. Martin W. Clement

President of the Pennsylvania Railroad
For LIFE Magazine Captains of Industry
Nov 29 1945

Mr. Eugene Holman

President, Standard Oil Co. of New Jersey
For LIFE Magazine
Nov 20 1945

Mr. Eugene Grace

President, Bethlehem Steel
For LIFE Magazine Captains of Industry
Nov 15 1945

Mr. Walter Gifford

President, American Telephone & Telegraph, AT&T
For LIFE Magazine Captains of Industry
May 6 1945

Mr. George Mardikian

Owner, Omar Khayyam Restaurant, San Francisco, California
For LIFE Magazine
May 7 1945

Mr. V. M. Molotov

USSR People’s Commissar for Foreign Affairs
For LIFE Magazine
Apr 28 1945

Commander Harold E. Stassen

USNR. Delegate to United Nations Conference at San Francisco, California. Formerly Flag Officer to Admiral William F. Halsey, Jr., Admiral of 3rd Fleet in Pacific
For LIFE Magazine
May 1 1945

Dr. T. V. Soong

Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs
For LIFE Magazine
Apr 1 1945

Mr. J. A. Krug

Chairman, War Production Board
For LIFE Magazine
Apr 1 1945

Mr. Hugh Fulton

Chief Counsel, The Truman Committee, Washington, D.C.
For LIFE Magazine
Apr 1 1945

Mr. Edward F. Prichard

General Counsel, Office of War, Mobilization and Reconversion, Washington, D.C.
For LIFE Magazine
Apr 1 1945

Mr. Isador Lubin

Commissioner of Labor Statistics
For LIFE Magazine
Apr 1 1945

Mr. Robert E. Hannegan

Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Washington, D.C.
For LIFE Magazine
Apr 1 1945

David K. Niles

Administrative Assistant to the President
For LIFE Magazine
Apr 1 1945

Mr. Oscar Cox

Deputy Administrator, Foreign Economic Administration
For LIFE Magazine
Jan 1 1945

Mr. Paul Gray Hoffman

President, Studebaker Corporation
For LIFE Magazine Captains of Industry
May 15 1944

General H. H. Arnold

Commanding General Army Air Forces, War Dept., Washington, D.C.
For LIFE Magazine
May 4 1944

Mr. John J. McCloy

Assistant Secretary of War, Washington, D.C.
For LIFE Magazine
May 11 1944

Mr. Bernard M. Baruch

Special Advisor to Director, Office of War Mobilization
For LIFE Magazine
Apr 19 1944

Mr. William Green

Head of American Federation of Labor, Washington, D.C.
Apr 22 1944

Admiral Ernest J. King

Commander in Chief US Fleet and Chief of Naval Operations
For LIFE Magazine
Apr 15 1944

Mr. Robert A. Lovett

Assistant Secretary of War for Air, Washington, D.C.
For LIFE Magazine
Apr 8 1944

Chester Bowles

Administrator, Office of Price Administration, Washington D.C.
For LIFE Magazine
Mar 31 1944

Mr. Elmer Davis

Director, Office of War Information, Washington, D.C.
For LIFE Magazine
Apr 3 1944

Mr. J. Edgar Hoover

Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Washington, D.C.
For LIFE Magazine
Apr 3 1944

Mr. Byron Price

Director of Censorship, Washington, D.C.
For LIFE Magazine
Apr 3 1944

Harold D. Smith

Director, Bureau of the Budget, Washington, D.C.
For LIFE Magazine
Apr 4 1944

Mr. James F. Byrnes

Director of War Mobilization, Washington, D.C.
For LIFE Magazine
Apr 4 1944

Fred M. Vinson

Director, Economic Stabilization Board
For LIFE Magazine
Apr 6 1944

Mr. Leo T. Crowley

Alien Property Custodian, also Administrator Foreign Economic Administrations, Washington, D.C.
For LIFE Magazine
Apr 7 1944

Charles E. Wilson

Chairman, Joint War Production, USA & Canada
For LIFE Magazine
Mar 29 1944

Mr. Paul V. McNutt

Administrator, Federal Security Agency; Chairman, War Manpower Commission
For LIFE Magazine
Mar 17 1944

Claud Wickard

Secretary of Agriculture
For LIFE Magazine
Sep 12 1943

M. Jan Masaryk

Deputy Prime Minister & Foreign Minister of Czechoslovakia
For LIFE Magazine


  • Gerald Ford

  • Ford of Canada

  • Pierre Elliot Trudeau

  • Nelson Rockefeller

  • Henry Ford

  • Charles Laughton

  • Porter at Union Station

  • Vancouver at Night

  • Stanley Park

  • Horses and Farmer

  • Great Lakes Paper Company

  • Ford of Canada, Rear Window

  • Ford of Canada

  • Calgary Stampede

  • Antique Shop

  • Winston Churchill

  • William Lyon Mackenzie King

  • Stephen Leacock

  • Princess Grace

  • Norman Rockwell

  • John F. Kennedy

  • Joan Crawford

  • Henry Luce

  • Helen Keller and Polly Thompson

  • Archibald Belaney (Grey Owl)

  • Frank Lloyd Wright

  • Ernest Hemingway

  • Carl Sandburg

  • Final Portrait

    Alberto Giacometti


Berenice Abbott: A Life in Photography

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. […]

LIFE Magazine: John F. Kennedy Cover, 1961

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. […]

Josip Broz Tito

Josip Broz, commonly known as Tito, was born on this day, May 7, in 1892. […]

Sophia Loren

Actress and singer Sophia Loren was born on this day, September 20, in 1934. […]

Anthony Eden

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

Harry S. Truman was born on this day, May 9, in 1884. He was the 33rd president of the United States. […]

J. Edgar Hoover

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.  […]

Bernard Baruch

American financier, philanthropist, statesman, and political consultant Bernard Baruch coined the term “Cold War” on this day, April 16, in 1947 […]

James McIntosh

“You know, Mr. Karsh, the one that I would like you to photograph is not myself so much as my faithful aide.” […]

Frank Lloyd Wright

American architect and designer Frank Lloyd Wright died on this day, April 9, in 1959. […]

Gregory Peck

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.” […]

Kim Novak

American actress Kim Novak celebrated her 88th birthday on February 13, 2021. […]

John Buchan

Scottish novelist and politician John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir, died on this day, February 11, in 1940 […]

Jascha Heifetz

Russian-American violinist Jascha Heifetz was born on February 2, in 1901. […]

Robert Frost

Frost was honored frequently during his lifetime and is the only poet to receive four Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry.  […]

Joan Baez

Congratulations to singer, songwriter, musician, and activist Joan Baez for her Kennedy Center Honor.  […]

Max Stern

A nice new addition to the digital archives is this 1973 portrait of German-born businessman and philanthropist Max Stern. […]

Paul Robeson

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.” […]

John Steinbeck

A new biography of John Steinbeck features this portrait as the frontispiece. […]

Thomas Mann’s Hands

“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.” […]

Judy Garland

American actress, singer, and dancer Judy Garland died on this day, June 22, in 1969. […]

Frank Lloyd Wright

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. […]

Lammot du Pont II

Freshly digitized, Lammot du Pont II was an American businessman who was the head of the du Pont family company. […]

Sir Thomas Beecham

English conductor and impresario Thomas Beecham was born on this day, April 29, in 1879. […]

Clare Boothe Luce

American author, politician, ambassador and public conservative figure Clare Boothe Luce was born on this day, March 10, in 1903. […]

Justice Felix Frankfurter

New to our digital archives: Felix Frankfurter, a noted advocate of judicial restraint in the judgments of the United States Supreme Court. […]

Charles Schulz

On this day, February 12, in 2000, the world lost one of its most beloved cartoonists, Charles “Sparky” Schulz. […]

Estrellita Karsh

Mrs. Estrellita Karsh celebrates her 90th birthday this weekend, on January 19. Estrellita Nachbar met Yousuf Karsh in 1961. […]

Winston Churchill

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. […]

Ruth Draper

In 2019, 25 recordings were added to the United States Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry. One of them is Ruth Draper. […]

Archives Canada

A mystery is solved thanks to our wonderful colleagues at Archives Canada, where the Karsh Fonds are held. […]

Fulton J. Sheen

In July, Pope Francis approved a miracle that occurred through the intercession of Archbishop Sheen, clearing the way for his beatification. […]

The Charter of the United Nations

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

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

“Beyond the Thirty-Nine Steps: A Life of John Buchan” by Buchan’s granddaughter, Ursula Buchan, is out now from Bloomsbury UK.  […]

Graciela Iturbide’s Mexico

“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. […]

Hans Hartung in Demand

“After decades of inertia, the market for the great abstract artist Hans Hartung is gaining momentum thanks to support from leading galleries and museums.” […]

Pearl Buck

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

Viscountess Astor was the first female Member of Parliament to take her seat, winning a by-election on November 28, 1919. […]

Estrellita Karsh Interview for WYSO

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 J. Sheen

Fulton Sheen was an American bishop (later archbishop) of the Catholic Church known for his preaching and especially his work on television and radio. […]

Fidel Castro

“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.”” […]

Dr. Victor McKusick

“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.” […]

Better Photography: Great Masters

India’s “Better Photography” is the leading photography magazine in India and South Asia. June’s issue features the work of Yousuf Karsh. […]

“We Met in Paris”

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. […]

Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier

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!” […]

John Buchan and Yousuf Karsh

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. […]

Peggy Cummins, 1925–2017

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. […]

Ford Motor Company

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. […]

Karsh Award Artists Welcome a New Generation

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

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. […]

Emil Schram and Sons

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. […]

Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern

“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. […]

Audrey Hepburn Google Doodle Inspired by Karsh Portrait

“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.” […]

Symposium at The Art Institute of Chicago

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. […]


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