This year, 2017, is the centenary of the birth of master photographer Irving Penn.
The educational children’s television program Sesame Street debuted on this day, November 10, in 1969, and featured Jim Henson’s Muppets.
On this day, November 8, in 1960, John F. Kennedy became the youngest man ever to be elected president of the United States.
French philosopher, author and journalist Albert Camus was born on this day, November 7, in 1913.
On this day, November 5, in 1940, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was re-elected President of the United States for an unprecedented third term.
French novelist and art theorist André Malraux was born on this day, November 3, in 1901.
The Estate received an inquiry from someone who owns a print of Jascha Heifetz.
A biography of Joan Crawford has just been released by Simon and Schuster.
On October 30, 1938, Orson Welles supposedly caused a nationwide panic with a radio broadcast of his adaptation of H. G. Wells’ “War of the Worlds”.
Pablo Picasso was born on this day, October 25, in 1881. Picasso was photographed by Karsh at Villa La Galloise, in July of 1954.
Vannevar Bush was photographed by Karsh in 1950, the year legislation to create the National Science Foundation passed through Congress and was signed into law by President Truman.
Angela Lansbury was born on this day, October 16, in 1925, which makes her just 21 years old in this portrait.
On this day, October 15, in 1990, Mikhail Gorbachev was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize “for his leading role in the peace process which today characterizes important parts of the international community.”
From the very beginning of his career, Karsh was photographing almost daily. His work included weddings, passport photos, children and pets, dignitaries, as well as the theatre and some advertising. During this period, he was also experimenting with optics and Surrealism.
Francois Mauriac, novelist and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1952, was born on this day, October 11, in 1885.
On this day, October 9, 1975, Dr. Andrei Sakharov was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace.
On January 31, 1957, the Governor General of Canada Vincent Massey issued a proclamation stating: “A Day of General Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed – to be observed on the second Monday in October.”
If you aren’t familiar with the great British-born American tastemaker and furniture designer of the mid 1900s who established a style of decorating for the new post-war American home, I can tell you that his name is code for “fabulous, cool and very expensive.”
At the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, there is a print depicting two people juggling tiny, dot-like balls. They’re struggling to keep the balls in the air, but they’re smiling all the same.
Graham Greene was born on this day, October 2, in 1904.
“The experience of photographing actors on the stage with stage lighting was exhilarating. The unlimited possibilities of artificial light overwhelmed me.”
Hugh Hefner, editor-in-chief and publisher of Playboy magazine, and founder and chief creative officer of Playboy Enterprises, has died.
Relationships with the relatives and estates of Yousuf Karsh’s subjects can turn up interesting stories and personal photos, and lead to new uses of the images.
Sophia Loren was born on this day, September 20, in 1934.
The Karsh Award honors the artistic legacy of Yousuf Karsh and his brother Malak Karsh, while continuing an intergenerational chain of mentorship that fosters camera-based innovation.
After Lyndon B. Johnson was elected president in 1964, the stage was set for the passage of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965.
Dag Hammarskjold was the youngest person to ever have held the United Nations Secretary-General post, and is one of only four people to be awarded a posthumous Nobel Prize.
Nikita Khrushchev died on this day, September 11, in 1971, aged 77.
On this day, September 12, 1953, Senator John Fitzgerald Kennedy of Massachusetts married Jacqueline Lee Bouvier.
“Continuum: Karsh Award Artists Welcome a New Generation” opens on September 14, 2017, with a series of events taking place at Karsh Masson Gallery, Ottawa.
On this day, August 30, in 1967, Thurgood Marshall became the first African American to be confirmed as a Supreme Court justice.
Jerry Lewis has died at home in Las Vegas at the age of 91. Yousuf Karsh photographed Lewis in 1974 for Lewis’s Muscular Dystrophy annual Labor Day telethon.
This image, known as Rear Window, features Ford of Canada factory worker Gow Crapper. Karsh spent two weeks at Ford of Canada’s Windsor plant in 1951, and produced some of his best industrial photographs.
Dr. Helen Taussig is buried in Mount Auburn Cemetery, in Cambridge, Mass. This portrait is now being used to illustrate her biography on the cemetery’s website.
Alfred Hitchcock was born on this day, August 13, in 1899.
On this day, August 9, in 1974, Richard Nixon resigned in the face of impending impeachment.
Karsh photographed Robert Oppenheimer, known as one of the “fathers of the atomic bomb”, in 1956, at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton.
Andy Warhol was born on August 6, 1928. Warhol was once advised by an art teacher to paint what he liked, which happened to be rather ordinary things.
Yousuf Karsh photographed Princess Grace in 1956, wearing this dress by Dior. The image is included in the new exhibition “Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams.”
Yousuf Karsh lived and worked at the Château Laurier for 19 years and his photographs hang in their Reading Lounge and the Karsh Suite. A new book by author Kevin J. Holland about the hotel’s past titled “Château Laurier – A Splendid Century” is out now.