Karsh Signature

Yousuf Karsh, master photographer of the 20th century

Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton, 1993

The 42nd president of the United States, Bill Clinton, was born on this day, August 19, in 1946. By his own account, Clinton was inspired to enter politics after meeting President John F. Kennedy at the White House when Clinton was a high school student.

Karsh had closed his studio in Ottawa in 1992, aged 84, but in 1993 he traveled to the White House to photograph the new president and new First Lady, Hillary Rodham Clinton, in 1993. And Clinton installed Karsh’s “Roaring Lion” Churchill portrait when he moved into his new residence.

See the portraits of Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, and the two together.