Karsh Signature

Yousuf Karsh, master photographer of the 20th century

Andrei Sakharov Memorial Concert

Andrei Sakharov Memorial Concert, December, 2016. © Nikolay Vdovenko

An update from our friends at the Andrei Sakharov Center. The Center licensed an image for use at the Sakharov Memorial Concert in December, 2016. An Andrei Sakharov Research Center for Democratic Development has recently been established and will use a Karsh portrait on their new website, and on invitations to promote their events. Writing about the portrait, Professor Robert van Voren told me “… it is the best photo that visualizes the humanity of Sakharov and at the same time is the face that most people remember. A lot of photos are from the 1970s and that is not the Sakharov people relate to. Karsh’s photo is exactly the one that fits… it is made in such a way that he almost looks at you and communicates with you.”

Sakharov was a Russian nuclear physicist, dissident, and activist for disarmament, peace and human rights, and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1975. Read more about him.