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Berenice Abbott: A Life in Photography

Berenice Abbott: A Life in Photography

Our friend and colleague Julia Van Haaften, founding curator of the New York Public Library’s photography collection, has released her in-depth biography Berenice Abbott: A Life in Photography. […]

Giacometti: Final Portrait

Giacometti: Final Portrait

Having debuted at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2017, director Stanley Tucci’s biopic of Alberto Giacometti, “Final Portrait,” is now on wide release.  […]

Yukio Ozaki’s Cherry Blossoms

Yukio Ozaki’s Cherry Blossoms

Each year at this time, the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C. commemorates the 1912 gift to the city of 3,000 cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo. […]

Marian Anderson sings at Lincoln Memorial

Marian Anderson sings at Lincoln Memorial

On Easter Sunday, April 9, 1939, Marian Anderson performed a free open-air concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. She sang before a crowd of more than 75,000 people and a radio audience in the millions. […]

Picasso: Genius

Picasso: Genius

The National Geographic television channel will release a second season of its biographical “Genius” series on April 24th, 2018. Pablo Picasso is played by Antonio Banderas. […]

Martin Luther King

Martin Luther King

Martin Luther King was assassinated on this day, April 4, in 1968.  President Lyndon B. Johnson declared April 7 a national day of mourning for the civil rights leader.  […]

Joan Baez: Whistle Down the Wind

Joan Baez: Whistle Down the Wind

Joan Baez announced that she is releasing her final studio album, “Whistle Down the Wind”, and hitting the road for the last time, on an eight-month tour.  […]

“Karsh is History” at AIPAD

“Karsh is History” at AIPAD

For the second year at the AIPAD Photography Show there will be a program of photographer documentaries, shorts and features, curated by award-winning filmmaker Mary Engel. […]

“American Portraits” Traveling Exhibition

“American Portraits” Traveling Exhibition

The National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. launched their “Yousuf Karsh: American Portraits” exhibition in 2014 in celebration of a major gift to its collection of around 100 Karsh photographs. The exhibition is now traveling the United States. […]

John Updike

John Updike

John Updike was born on this day, March 18, in 1932. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author published around 60 books. […]

Clare Boothe Luce

Clare Boothe Luce

The Eisenhower Memorial Commission is celebrating Women’s History Month with women who were pioneers in American diplomacy during the Eisenhower administration. […]

The Artist’s Mirror

The Artist’s Mirror

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. […]

Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein

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.” […]

Hubert de Givenchy, 1927-2018

Hubert de Givenchy, 1927-2018

“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.” […]

Dr. Helen Brooke Taussig

Dr. Helen Brooke Taussig

On International Women’s Day we are honoring Dr. Helen Brooke Taussig, ground-breaking American cardiologist.  […]

Muhammad Ali meets Joe Frazier

Muhammad Ali meets Joe Frazier

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. […]

Yousuf Karsh and Ronald Reagan

Yousuf Karsh and Ronald Reagan

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, 1918-2018

Billy Graham, 1918-2018

Billy Graham was a spiritual adviser to American presidents and provided spiritual counsel for every president from Harry Truman to Barack Obama.  […]

Harland Saunders

Harland Saunders

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. […]

Jean Monnet

Jean Monnet

Jean Monnet was a French political economist and diplomat, and is considered one of the founding fathers of the European Union. […]

Barbara Ann Scott

Barbara Ann Scott

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. […]

Marguerite Yourcenar

Marguerite Yourcenar

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’. […]

Frank M. Folsom

Frank M. Folsom

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. […]

Andrei Sakharov Memorial Concert

Andrei Sakharov Memorial Concert

“… 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.” […]

Georgia O’Keeffe’s Style

Georgia O’Keeffe’s Style

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

Norman Mailer

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.” […]

Roe vs. Wade

Roe vs. Wade

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. […]

Lyndon Baines Johnson

Lyndon Baines Johnson

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: The Post

Katharine Graham: The Post

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.  […]

Dr. Martin Luther King

Dr. Martin Luther King

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. […]

Albert Schweitzer

Albert Schweitzer

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. […]

John Buchan and Yousuf Karsh

John Buchan and Yousuf Karsh

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. […]

Peggy Cummins, 1925–2017

Peggy Cummins, 1925–2017

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. […]

Richard Nixon’s Refusal

Richard Nixon’s Refusal

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. […]

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