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Yousuf Karsh, master photographer of the 20th century

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Role, Location, Notes
Sep 16 1991

John Major

Prime Minister of Great Britain
Photographed at 10 Downing Street for National Portrait Gallery, London
Jun 6 1989

Benazir Bhutto

Prime Minister of Pakistan. Alone and with son and child
Oct 18 1982

Robert Cooper

Personal Photographer for Prime Minister Trudeau
Taken as test before photographing the Prime Minister
Jul 20 1979

Jerry Fielder

YK’s ssistant
Photographed at Prime Minister’s Office as a test for photography of Prime Minister Clark
Feb 24 1976

Mr. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto

Prime Minister of Pakistan
Photographed at request of Embassy of Pakistan, Ottawa
May 4 1945

M. Jan Masaryk

Deputy Prime Minister & Foreign Minister of Czechoslovakia
Sep 12 1943

M. Hubert Pierlot

Prime Minister & Minister of National Defence for Belgium
Sep 12 1943

M. Jan Masaryk

Deputy Prime Minister & Foreign Minister of Czechoslovakia
For LIFE Magazine
Aug 25 1943

Franklin Roosevelt

Roosevelt Group at G. H. With Prime Minister W. L. Mackenzie King
Jul 16 1943

Dr. Herbert Vere Evatt

Attorney General & Minister of External Affairs of the Commonwealth of Australia - with Prime Minister King
Jun 3 1943

Dr. Eduard Benes

President of Czecho-Slovakia. Alone and with Prime Minister King
Apr 1 1943

Anthony Eden

British Foreign Secretary. With Prime Minister W. L. Mackenzie King


  • Pierre Elliot Trudeau

  • Jawaharlal Nehru

  • Clement Attlee

  • Lester Pearson

  • Harold Wilson

  • Winston Churchill

  • William Lyon Mackenzie King

  • Indira Gandhi

  • Franklin Roosevelt, Mackenzie King, Lord Tweedsmuir


Brian Mulroney

Brian Mulroney, Prime Minister of Canada from 1984-1993, was born on this day, March 20, in 1939. […]

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. […]

Indira Gandhi

Indira Gandhi was born on November 19, in 1917. Gandhi was the daughter of Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of India. […]

Jawaharlal Nehru

The first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru, was born on this day, November 14, in 1889. […]

Banksy’s Turf War

Banksy’s Turf War, above, reproduces Karsh’s famous portrait of former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill with a slight difference. […]

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.  […]

Margaret Thatcher

Britain’s first female prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, died on this day, April 8, in 2013.  […]

Margaret Thatcher

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 longest-serving British PM of the 20th century. […]

Why is Churchill “grumpy” on new banknote?

After The Bank of England revealed a new plastic five pound note featuring Winston Churchill, ‘No Such Thing as The News’ discuss why the former prime minister looks so displeased in the photo. […]

James Callaghan

British politician James Callaghan was born on this day, March 27, in 1912. […]

Harold MacMillan

The Right Honorable Harold Macmillan was born on this day, February 10, in 1894. […]

Mikhail Gorbachev

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 in “colossal danger” due to the threat from nuclear weapons.  […]

Archives Canada

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

Boris Yeltsin

Boris Yeltsin became the first President of the Russian Federation on this day, July 10, in 1991.  […]

Canada Day

Canada Day is a federal statutory holiday which celebrates the anniversary of July 1, 1867. […]

Benazir Bhutto

Benazir Bhutto was born on this day, June 21, in 1953. She was the first woman to head a democratic government in a Muslim majority nation. […]

René Lévesque

This portrait of René Lévesque, a minister of the government of Quebec, is included in a book about Canadian Supreme Court justice Claire L’Heureux-Dubé. […]

Nelson Mandela

On this day, February 11, in 1990, Nelson Mandela was released after 27 years in prison. […]

League of Nations, United Nations

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. […]

President Roosevelt and Thanksgiving Day in the United States

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. […]

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.”” […]

The Crown

Netflix series “The Crown” is proving to be one of the most successful and most “binge-watched” series of all time. […]

Coronation of George VI

On this day, May 12, in 1937, George VI was crowned King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Commonwealth. In 1939, King George became the first British monarch to visit America and Canada. […]

Nelson Mandela Released

On this day, February 11, in 1990, Nelson Mandela was released from prison after 27 years in confinement. […]

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. […]

Winston Churchill: Darkest Hour

Gary Oldman stars in the latest film about Winston Churchill, Darkest Hour, which is out now in the US and coming to the UK in the new year. […]

Charles de Gaulle

On this day, December 21, in 1958, Charles de Gaulle was elected as the first president of the Fifth Republic of France. […]

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

On this day, November 5, in 1940, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was re-elected President of the United States for an unprecedented third term. […]

Heroes of World War II

“Heroes of World War II: Men and Women Who Put Their Lives on the Line” is a new publication from LIFE Books that features important figures from the period. […]

Ottawa Citizen: The Capital Builders

“In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, the Ottawa Citizen is rolling out one fact each day for 150 days until July 1, highlighting the odd, the fascinating and the important bits of Ottawa history you might not know about.” […]

Exhibit Citizen Karsh’s Collection

In a letter to the Ottawa Citizen, Lilly Koltun, PhD, Director General (ret’d), Portrait Gallery of Canada, writes: “Exhibit citizen Karsh’s collection” […]



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