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Yousuf Karsh, master photographer of the 20th century

Bush, Baker and Karsh

“Dear Mr. Karsh – Thanks for your note of 2-2 and for those prints. They were, of course, excellent. Many many thanks, George Bush”

On January 6, 1982, Yousuf Karsh photographed George H. W. Bush, Vice President of the United States at the time. Also present, and to be photographed, was Bush’s dear friend and colleague, James Baker, the White House Chief of Staff. When George Bush died last week, it was James Baker who was by his side. The New York Times covers their very close relationship in “I Love You, Too’: George Bush’s Final Days

The Karsh archives are packed full of correspondence between Karsh and his subjects. Here is an insight into the communications that went on around the sitting, between Bush, Baker, and Bush’s personal photographer, Cynthia Johnson. We hope to share Johnson’s photographs of the three together soon.

See portraits of James Baker and George H. W. Bush

Here are some of the letters and notecards:

“Dear Mr. Karsh – My copy of “Karsh Portraits” arrived. I really love it. What fantastic strong pictures. I enjoyed our time together – Hope the pictures turn out. Many many thanks – Sincerely, George Bush”