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Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor

British-American actress Elizabeth Taylor was born on this day, February 27, in 1932. […]

John Glenn

John Glenn

February marks the 58th anniversary of John Glenn’s orbit of the Earth. […]

Christian Dior

Christian Dior

The French fashion designer Christian Dior was born on February 21, in 1905. […]

Ansel Adams

Ansel Adams

Landscape photographer, environmentalist, and friend and colleague of Yousuf Karsh, Ansel Adams was born on this day, February 20, in 1902. […]

Justice Felix Frankfurter

Justice Felix Frankfurter

New to our digital archives: Felix Frankfurter, a noted advocate of judicial restraint in the judgments of the United States Supreme Court. […]

Presidents’ Day

Presidents’ Day

Today is the Presidents’ Day federal holiday in the United States. Karsh photographed twelve United States Presidents, from Herbert Hoover to Bill Clinton. […]

Charles Schulz

Charles Schulz

On this day, February 12, in 2000, the world lost one of its most beloved cartoonists, Charles “Sparky” Schulz. […]

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

Celebrating the release of Nelson Mandela after 27 years in prison on February 11, 1990, we added this portrait of the great man to our online archive. […]

Harold MacMillan

Harold MacMillan

The Right Honorable Harold Macmillan was born on this day, February 10, in 1894. […]

King George VI

King George VI

On February 6, in 1952, Britain’s King George VI died and his eldest daughter Elizabeth became Queen Elizabeth II. […]

Flying Over Sunset

Flying Over Sunset

It’s 1957. You are at a beautiful beach house overlooking the Pacific. You’re there with Cary Grant, Clare Boothe Luce and Aldous Huxley and they are on an acid trip. […]

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

We licensed this portrait of Nelson Mandela to illustrate a poem for a book, sales of which will benefit the important work of Dublin Simon Community, Ireland. […]

John Updike

John Updike

American novelist, poet, short-story writer, and critic, John Updike died on this day, January 27, in 2009. […]

Paul Robeson

Paul Robeson

The world lost an icon on this day, January 23, in 1978 when Paul Robeson, American bass baritone, stage and film actor, and political activist, died.  […]

Estrellita Karsh

Estrellita Karsh

Mrs. Estrellita Karsh celebrates her 90th birthday this weekend, on January 19. Estrellita Nachbar met Yousuf Karsh in 1961. […]

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. […]

Andrew Wright

Andrew Wright

Andrew Wright is the 2019 Karsh Award winner and his exhibition opens on January 23, 2019, at the Karsh-Masson Gallery, in Ottawa’s City Hall. […]

Marian Anderson

Marian Anderson

On January 7, 1955, Marian Anderson became the first African American to perform at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.  […]

Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton

On this day, January 7, in 1999, the Senate trial for President Bill Clinton’s impeachment began. […]

Dr. Alfred Blalock

Dr. Alfred Blalock

Alfred Blalock was an American surgeon most noted for his work on the medical condition of shock as well as “Blue baby syndrome”. […]

Isaac Asimov

Isaac Asimov

American writer and professor of biochemistry Isaac Asimov was born on this day, January 2, in 1920. […]

Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill

Today is the anniversary of Churchill’s famous “some chicken, some neck!” speech, immediately after which Karsh would make his outstanding portrait of the great British Prime Minister. […]

Ruth Draper

Ruth Draper

In 2019, 25 recordings were added to the United States Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry. One of them is Ruth Draper. […]

Duke and Duchess of Windsor

Duke and Duchess of Windsor

On December 11, 1936, after ruling for less than one year, Edward VIII became the first English monarch to voluntarily abdicate the throne, as he wished to marry a divorcée. […]

Walt Disney

Walt Disney

Animator, voice actor and film producer Walt Disney was born on December 5, in 1901. […]

John Walker

John Walker

John Walker was an American art curator, and the second director of the National Gallery of Art, from 1956 to 1969. […]

Dr. Christiaan Barnard

Dr. Christiaan Barnard

On this day in December, 1967, the first human heart transplant was performed in South Africa by Dr Christiaan Barnard. […]

Aaron Copland

Aaron Copland

American composer and conductor Aaron Copland died on this day, December 2, in 1990. […]

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