We are pleased to announce that the Bank of England chose Winston Churchill by Yousuf Karsh to appear on the front of its all-new polymer banknote.
Netflix series “The Crown” is proving to be one of the most successful and most “binge-watched” series of all time. Naturally, Mr. Karsh photographed many of the people who are portrayed in the show.
John Updike was born on this day, March 18, in 1932. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author published around 60 books.
The Eisenhower Memorial Commission is celebrating Women’s History Month with women who were pioneers in American diplomacy during the Eisenhower administration.
As part of a five-year collaboration with Library and Archives Canada, the Glenbow Museum in Calgary will host a series of exhibitions drawn from the national portrait collection.
On this day, March 14, in 1879, Albert Einstein was born. Karsh found Einstein “a simple, kindly, almost childlike man, too great for any of the postures of eminence.”
“Mr. Givenchy came to the attention of the young Ms. Hepburn, a rising star who was so charmed by his youthful designs that she insisted that he make her clothes for nearly all of her movies, and help mold her sylphlike image in the process.”
On International Women’s Day we are honoring Dr. Helen Brooke Taussig, ground-breaking American cardiologist.
On this day, March 8, in 1971, Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier engaged in the “Fight of the Century” at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum has digitized a series of contact sheets showing Karsh’s visit to the White House to photograph the President in January, 1982.
Billy Graham was a spiritual adviser to American presidents and provided spiritual counsel for every president from Harry Truman to Barack Obama.
The United Kingdom is experiencing a chicken-related “fiasco” as Kentucky Fried Chicken’s supplier fails to make deliveries to KFC restaurants across the country.
“The prospect of photographing such a giant was awesome.”
On this day, February 14, in 1929, Sir Alexander Fleming first published his discovery of penicillin in the British Journal of Experimental Pathology.
Jean Monnet was a French political economist and diplomat, and is considered one of the founding fathers of the European Union.
Barbara Ann Scott was a Canadian figure skater. She was the 1948 Olympic champion, a two-time World champion, and a four-time Canadian national champion in ladies’ singles.
On this day, February 11, in 1990, Nelson Mandela was released from prison after 27 years in confinement.
In celebration of the UK’s LGBT History Month, Richard Bruce Parkinson, professor of Egyptology at the University of Oxford, writes about French novelist and essayist Marguerite Yourcenar’s essay ‘Le cerveau noir de Piranèse’.
We received an email about this photograph from a man hoping we could help identify the subject. After some pondering of the handwriting, we searched on this website.
“… it is the best photo that visualizes the humanity of Sakharov and at the same time is the face that most people remember. Karsh’s photo is exactly the one that fits.”
Fashion-industry trade journal Women’s Wear Daily reviewed “Georgia O’Keeffe: Art, Image, Style” which is on view at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, through April 1, 2018. Estrellita Karsh shares her recollections in the article.
Norman Mailer was born on this day, January 31, in 1923. “I hope you can spend the evening,” was Mailer’s greeting. “I’m planning to cook dinner for you.”
45 years ago today the United States Supreme Court made its decision that a right to privacy extended to a woman’s decision to have an abortion.
On this day, January 22, in 1973, former US President Lyndon Baines Johnson died of a heart attack at the age of 64.
Katharine Graham was an American publisher who led The Washington Post for more than two decades, overseeing the Watergate coverage that eventually led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon.
Martin Luther King was born on January 15, 1929. In 1964, King became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, which was awarded to him for leading nonviolent resistance to racial prejudice in the U.S.
On this day, January 14, in 1875, Albert Schweitzer was born. Schweitzer was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize of 1952, and his acceptance speech, “The Problem of Peace,” is considered one of the best speeches ever given.
The fiftieth issue of the John Buchan Society’s Journal, was published at the end of 2017 and features an essay by our Curator, Jerry Fielder, about the warm and fruitful relationship between Buchan and Karsh.
A Churchill presentation ceremony was held at the British Official Residence in Moscow in December.
The subject in the negative Karsh is holding up remained a mystery for many years before we learned it was Peggy Cummins, who was photographed in 1946.
On this day, January 4, in 1974, President Richard Nixon refused to hand over tape recordings and documents that had been subpoenaed by the Senate Watergate Committee.
During wartime, Canadian retailers did their best to support the war effort at home by selling war bonds and supporting enlisted staff.
The exhibition “Happiness, In Pursuit of Happiness” will include this wonderful portrait of William Holder, a sailmaker of some 60 years, in his loft in St. John, New Brunswick.
A controversy surrounding an exhibition in Düsseldorf arose recently and led to the cancellation of “Max Stern: From Dusseldorf to Montreal.”
This exhibition presents a selection of Inuit prints from the collection of renowned portrait photographer Yousuf Karsh and his wife Estrellita.
Gary Oldman stars in the latest film about Winston Churchill, Darkest Hour, which is out now in the US and coming to the UK in the new year.
On this day, December 22, in 1967, Yousuf Karsh was appointed Officer of the Order of Canada.
On this day, December 21, in 1958, Charles de Gaulle was elected as the first president of the Fifth Republic of France.
In the 1930s, Karsh was in Ottawa photographing the general public, including weddings, children, pets and passport photos, in amongst local dignitaries, and productions of the Ottawa Little Theatre.
On this day, December 10, in 1901, on the fifth anniversary of the death of Alfred Nobel, the first Nobel Prizes were awarded. The philanthropist left the bulk of his estate to establish the annual Prize.
Yousuf Karsh is seen here at Reindeer Station, in Canada’s Northwest Territories, in photos taken by Reverend Ralph Gibson in the early 1950s. Both men were there for an annual reindeer round-up.