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Yousuf Karsh, master photographer of the 20th century

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Elixir

Elixir

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

Francois Mauriac

Francois Mauriac, novelist and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1952, was born on this day, October 11, in 1885. […]

Canadian Thanksgiving

Canadian Thanksgiving

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.” […]

T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings

T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings

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.” […]

Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet

“The experience of photographing actors on the stage with stage lighting was exhilarating. The unlimited possibilities of artificial light overwhelmed me.” […]

Hugh Hefner, 1926-2017

Hugh Hefner, 1926-2017

Hugh Hefner, editor-in-chief and publisher of Playboy magazine, and founder and chief creative officer of Playboy Enterprises, has died. […]

Jonas Salk

Jonas Salk

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. […]

Lyndon B. Johnson

Lyndon B. Johnson

After Lyndon B. Johnson was elected president in 1964, the stage was set for the passage of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965. […]

Dag Hammarskjold

Dag Hammarskjold

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. […]

Thurgood Marshall

Thurgood Marshall

On this day, August 30, in 1967, Thurgood Marshall became the first African American to be confirmed as a Supreme Court justice. […]

Jerry Lewis, 1926-2017

Jerry Lewis, 1926-2017

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. […]

Ford of Canada: Gow Crapper

Ford of Canada: Gow Crapper

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

Dr. Helen Taussig

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. […]

Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol

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. […]

Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams

Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams

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.” […]

Château Laurier – A Splendid Century

Château Laurier – A Splendid Century

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. […]

Gerald Ford

Gerald Ford

Gerald Ford was born on this day, July 14, in 1913. Ford is one of the twelve US presidents – from Hoover to Clinton – who were photographed by Karsh. […]

Emil Schram and Sons

Emil Schram and Sons

An inquiry came in from someone who had been searching for years for a copy of this photograph of Emil Schram with his three sons. […]

Chagall: Fantasies for the Stage

Chagall: Fantasies for the Stage

“Chagall: Fantasies for the Stage” opens July 31, 2017, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The exhibition highlights the principal role that music and dance played in Marc Chagall’s artistic practice. […]

Helen Keller

Helen Keller

Helen Keller was born on this day, June 27, in 1880. “On first looking into her blind but seeing eyes, I said to myself of this woman who had no sight or hearing since the age of three, ‘Her light comes from within.’” […]

Heroes of World War II

Heroes of World War II

“Heroes of World War II: Men and Women Who Put Their Lives on the Line” is a new publication from LIFE Books that features important figures from the period. […]

Bryan Adams

Bryan Adams

Library and Archives Canada, in collaboration with Canada 150 Federal Secretariat of Canadian Heritage, includes this portrait of Bryan Adams in their series of 365 historical fact capsules. […]

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