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Yousuf Karsh, master photographer of the 20th century

Camera Press at 70: The Documentary

Yousuf Karsh photographed by Tom Blau in Worthing, UK, 1963

Founded in 1947 by photographer Tom Blau, Camera Press celebrates its 70th anniversary this year. It is one of the world’s leading independent picture agencies with a long and distinguished history, representing the work of iconic photographic legends as well as modern masters.

Made by photographic artist and curator Emma Blau, co-owner of Camera Press, to coincide with their platinum anniversary, this film is an insight into the working lives of some of the agency’s top contributors and a look at the stories behind just a few of their amazing images which are held in the Camera Press archives.

Contributors featured include: Terence Pepper, Senior Special Advisor on Photographs, National Portrait Gallery & Photographs Curator for the Fashion and Textile Museum, and acclaimed Camera Press photographers John Swannell, Clive Arrowsmith, Jillian Edelstein and Chris Floyd.

The work of photographic legend Yousuf Karsh, the first photographer to join Camera Press in 1947, also appears. As well as images by the agency’s founder Tom Blau.

“Celebrating our 70th anniversary is a real milestone: Camera Press remains not only family owned but also one of the last independent photographic agencies in existence. We are indebted to the photographers whose work Camera Press has represented over the past seven decades. Their exceptional images, both past and present, have played a significant part in shaping the history of photography.” Emma Blau

Produced & Directed by Emma Blau / Co-Director, Editing & Sound: Theo Gordon / Music: Wagga Man