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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. […]

The Robert Simpson Company

The Robert Simpson Company

During wartime, Canadian retailers did their best to support the war effort at home by selling war bonds and supporting enlisted staff. […]

In Pursuit of Happiness

In Pursuit of Happiness

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. […]

Max Stern

Max Stern

A controversy surrounding an exhibition in Düsseldorf arose recently and led to the cancellation of “Max Stern: From Dusseldorf to Montreal.” […]

Winston Churchill: Darkest Hour

Winston Churchill: Darkest Hour

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. […]

Charles de Gaulle

Charles de Gaulle

On this day, December 21, in 1958, Charles de Gaulle was elected as the first president of the Fifth Republic of France. […]

Library and Archives Canada

Library and Archives Canada

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. […]

The Nobel Prize

The Nobel Prize

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 at Reindeer Station

Yousuf Karsh at Reindeer Station

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. […]

Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company

Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company, installed the first moving assembly line for mass production on this day, December 1, in 1913. This enabled Ford to produce a more affordable automobile. […]

Camera Press at 70: The Documentary

Camera Press at 70: The Documentary

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. […]

The Warren Commission

The Warren Commission

On this day, November 29, in 1963, one week after President John F. Kennedy was fatally shot, President Lyndon B. Johnson established the Warren Commission. Leading the investigation into the assassination was Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren. […]

Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher

On this day, November 22, in 1990, Margaret Thatcher announced her resignation. The first woman prime minister in British history was elected in 1979 and was the longest-serving British PM of the 20th century. […]

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Breakfast at Tiffany’s is now a reality: a café has opened at Tiffany’s flagship store on Fifth Avenue in New York City. […]

Irving Penn

Irving Penn

This year, 2017, is the centenary of the birth of master photographer Irving Penn. […]

Jim Henson: Sesame Street

Jim Henson: Sesame Street

The educational children’s television program Sesame Street debuted on this day, November 10, in 1969, and featured Jim Henson’s Muppets. […]

John F. Kennedy

John F. Kennedy

On this day, November 8, in 1960, John F. Kennedy became the youngest man ever to be elected president of the United States. […]

Albert Camus

Albert Camus

French philosopher, author and journalist Albert Camus was born on this day, November 7, in 1913. […]

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

On this day, November 5, in 1940, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was re-elected President of the United States for an unprecedented third term. […]

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