Karsh photographed twelve United States Presidents, from Herbert Hoover to Bill Clinton.
From the time of the Founding Fathers until the time of Lincoln, the date Thanksgiving was observed varied from state to state. In 1939, President Roosevelt signed a presidential proclamation changing the holiday to the next to last Thursday in November, for business reasons.
Seventy-one years ago on October 5, President Harry Truman gave the first ever televised presidential address from the White House.
James “Jimmy” Carter was born on this day, October 1, in 1924.
On this day, July 30, in 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare into law in the United States.
On this day, May 10, in 1994, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was sworn in as the first black president of South Africa.
93 year old President James Carter was unable to attend the funeral of First Lady Barbara Bush last week, because he and his wife, Rosalynn, were traveling.
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.
“…the extent to which we maintain the spirit of our constitution with its Bill of Rights, will in the long run do more to make it both secure and the object of adulation than the number of hydrogen bombs we stockpile.”
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.
David Sarnoff, then president of RCA, chose to introduce television to the mass public at the RCA pavilion.
On this day, April 3, in 1948, President Harry Truman signed the Marshall Plan, named after General George C. Marshall.
Eleanor Roosevelt was an American diplomat and activist, and vocal supporter of the civil rights movement.
On this day, February 11, in 1990, Nelson Mandela was released after 27 years in prison.
Ronald Reagan was born on this day, February 6, in 1911.
Jackie Robinson was born one hundred years ago today. Robinson is legendary in the United States for being the first African American to play in Major League Baseball.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is an American federal holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year.
On January 10, 1920, the League of Nations was formally established when the Covenant of the League of Nations, ratified by 42 nations in 1919, took effect.
Richard Nixon was born on this day, January 9, 1913. This double portrait was made and published in January 1969 as Nixon took office as the 37th president of the United States.
On this day, January 3, in 1938, Roosevelt founded the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis (March of Dimes) leading to the development of polio vaccines.
On January 6, 1982, Yousuf Karsh photographed George H. W. Bush, Vice President of the United States. Also present, and to be photographed, was Bush’s dear friend and colleague, James Baker, the White House Chief of Staff.
George Herbert Walker Bush, 41st President of the United States, has died.
On this day, November 29, in 1967, Robert S. McNamara announced that he would resign as Secretary of Defense and become president of the World Bank.
Karsh had closed his studio in Ottawa in 1992, aged 84, but he traveled to the White House to photograph the new president, Bill Clinton, and Hillary, in 1993.
This week the United States will seat a new supreme court justice. Yousuf Karsh photographed several North American justices, from the 1930s to the 1970s.
Netflix series “The Crown” is proving to be one of the most successful and most “binge-watched” series of all time.
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.
On this day, June 6, in 1968, 42 year-old presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy was shot dead in Los Angeles. He had just won the California presidential primaries in the 1968 election.
“Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms” opened at the New-York Historical Society this week and is the first internationally touring exhibition devoted to Rockwell’s iconic depictions of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms. This 1956 portrait by Karsh hangs at the very start of the exhibition.
On this day, April 26, in 1954, Jonas Salk’s polio vaccine began field trials.
Canada Post’s latest stamp features a portrait of then-Princess Elizabeth months before her accession to the throne.
On Easter Sunday, April 9, 1939, Marian Anderson performed a free open-air concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. She sang before a crowd of more than 75,000 people and a radio audience in the millions.
Martin Luther King was assassinated on this day, April 4, in 1968. President Lyndon B. Johnson declared April 7 a national day of mourning for the civil rights leader.
The National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. launched their “Yousuf Karsh: American Portraits” exhibition in 2014 in celebration of a major gift to its collection of around 100 Karsh photographs. The exhibition is now traveling the United States.
Stephen Sondheim was born on this day, March 22, in 1930.
The Eisenhower Memorial Commission is celebrating Women’s History Month with women who were pioneers in American diplomacy during the Eisenhower administration.
On International Women’s Day we are honoring Dr. Helen Brooke Taussig, ground-breaking American cardiologist.
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum has digitized a series of contact sheets showing Karsh’s visit to the White House to photograph the President in January, 1982.
Billy Graham was a spiritual adviser to American presidents and provided spiritual counsel for every president from Harry Truman to Barack Obama.
We received an email about this photograph from a man hoping we could help identify the subject. After some pondering of the handwriting, we searched on this website.
On this day, January 22, in 1973, former US President Lyndon Baines Johnson died of a heart attack at the age of 64.
Katharine Graham was an American publisher who led The Washington Post for more than two decades, overseeing the Watergate coverage that eventually led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon.
On this day, January 4, in 1974, President Richard Nixon refused to hand over tape recordings and documents that had been subpoenaed by the Senate Watergate Committee.
During wartime, Canadian retailers did their best to support the war effort at home by selling war bonds and supporting enlisted staff.
On this day, December 21, in 1958, Charles de Gaulle was elected as the first president of the Fifth Republic of France.
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.
On this day, November 29, in 1963, one week after President John F. Kennedy was fatally shot, President Lyndon B. Johnson established the Warren Commission. Leading the investigation into the assassination was Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren.
On this day, November 8, in 1960, John F. Kennedy became the youngest man ever to be elected president of the United States.
On this day, November 5, in 1940, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was re-elected President of the United States for an unprecedented third term.
French novelist and art theorist André Malraux was born on this day, November 3, in 1901.
Vannevar Bush was photographed by Karsh in 1950, the year legislation to create the National Science Foundation passed through Congress and was signed into law by President Truman.
After Lyndon B. Johnson was elected president in 1964, the stage was set for the passage of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965.
Dag Hammarskjold was the youngest person to ever have held the United Nations Secretary-General post, and is one of only four people to be awarded a posthumous Nobel Prize.
Jerry Lewis has died at home in Las Vegas at the age of 91. Yousuf Karsh photographed Lewis in 1974 for Lewis’s Muscular Dystrophy annual Labor Day telethon.
On this day, August 9, in 1974, Richard Nixon resigned in the face of impending impeachment.
Yousuf Karsh lived and worked at the Château Laurier for 19 years and his photographs hang in their Reading Lounge and the Karsh Suite. A new book by author Kevin J. Holland about the hotel’s past titled “Château Laurier – A Splendid Century” is out now.
Gerald Ford was born on this day, July 14, in 1913. Ford is one of the twelve US presidents – from Hoover to Clinton – who were photographed by Karsh.
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.
Thirty years ago on this day, June 12, 1987, US President Ronald Reagan challenged Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down” the Berlin Wall.
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.
John F. Kennedy was born on May 29, 1917. The 35th President of the United States, 1961-1963, was the youngest man elected to the office. The JFK Library is commemorating his centennial during the month of May.
The Estate is pleased to partner with the Eisenhower Memorial Commission in their ongoing work to memorialize the 34th US President on the National Mall.
Estrellita Karsh was recognized as a Service Hero for the 2017 Class at Project 351’s Annual Launch and Service Day.
The stamp was designed with a photograph by Yousuf Karsh, taken on Mandela’s first visit to Canada in 1990.
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.
His life in his own words.