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Yousuf Karsh, master photographer of the 20th century

“American Portraits” in Florida

Eleanor Roosevelt, 1944

The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery’s exhibition “Yousuf Karsh: American Portraits” has arrived in Florida. The Lowe Art Museum in Coral Gables is hosting the show from now through January 20, 2019. The 48 Karsh portraits on view include First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, Humphrey BogartGeorgia O’Keeffe, Jonas Salk, Marian Anderson, Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Arden, and I. M. Pei.

There is a wonderful review by Farah Nayeri in the New York Times :

“Not everyone in Britain is familiar with the name Yousuf Karsh. Yet just about everyone in Britain has carried his most celebrated image around in their pocket, wallet or purse. Mr. Karsh was a portrait photographer who in 1941 took what became the most famous picture of Prime Minister Winston Churchill: the one where he stands, hand on hip, glaring at the lens – and the one that appears on Britain’s 5-pound note. It was taken while Churchill was in Canada, during an improvised shoot.” Read the rest of the article.