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News & Stories
Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter

James Earl Carter Jr. was born on this day, October 1, in 1924. […]

Elie Wiesel

Elie Wiesel

“I found an erudite storyteller, a Holocaust survivor who has retained a bittersweet sense of life and placed it in the service of worldwide peace and human rights.” […]

Angela Lansbury

Angela Lansbury

The American crime drama “Murder, She Wrote” debuted on this day in 1984. […]

Anita Ekberg

Anita Ekberg

“Her natural behavior resembled the love goddesses she portrayed – uninhibited and seductive and totally without guile.” […]

Brigitte Bardot

Brigitte Bardot

Actress, singer, and animal rights activist Brigitte “B.B.” Bardot, turned 87 on September 28, 2021. […]

Thomas Mann

Thomas Mann

Mann’s 1918 book “Reflections of a Nonpolitical Man” was recently reissued by New York Review of Books. […]

H. G. Wells

H. G. Wells

The English author H. G. Wells was born on this day, September 21, in 1866. […]

Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali

“Muhammad Ali arrived at my New York studio with a breathless young editor trailing behind.” […]

Francois Mauriac

Francois Mauriac

“Paris was without electric power when I photographed the eminent Catholic writer.” […]

Edward Kennedy

Edward Kennedy

American lawyer and politician Edward “Ted” Kennedy died on this day, August 25, in 2009. […]

René Lévesque

René Lévesque

Canadian politician and journalist René Lévesque was born on this day, August 24, in 1922. […]

Norman Rockwell

Norman Rockwell

Look closely, and you can see Rockwell’s sketches of Karsh as he set up his cameras and lighting. […]

Warren K. Cook

Warren K. Cook

Warren K. Cook was photographed on January 31, 1945, one of 243 Sitters listed in Mr. Karsh’s records for that year. […]

Dizzy Gillespie

Dizzy Gillespie

The jazz musician posed in 1990, for Karsh’s “American Legends” project. […]

Alfred Hitchcock

Alfred Hitchcock

Alfred Hitchcock was photographed in 1960, the same year he released his masterpiece, “Psycho.” […]

Omar Bradley

Omar Bradley

On August 11, 1949, US President Harry Truman appointed Omar Bradley the first Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. […]

Smithsonian Institution

Smithsonian Institution

America’s Smithsonian Institution was established 175 years ago today, in 1846, with funds from the Englishman James Smithson. […]

Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt

The Summer 2021 issue of “Humanities,” the magazine of the National Endowment for the Humanities, features an article about Eleanor Roosevelt’s writing career. […]

Apple Macintosh

Apple Macintosh

In 1985, Yousuf Karsh was assigned to photograph a group of creatives for “Apple Canada, Inc.” […]

Summer

Summer

It is worth taking a few minutes (or hours) to search the Library and Archives of Canada’s online collection for early Karsh images. […]

Harry Truman

Harry Truman

Truman signed Executive Order 9981 on July 26, 1948, calling for the desegregation of the U.S. Armed Forces. […]

Bob Hope

Bob Hope

In 1959 and 1960, Karsh photographed more than a dozen public figures for “TV Guide.” […]

Clement Attlee

Clement Attlee

The results of the 1945 United Kingdom general election were declared on July 26, with Labor’s Clement Attlee winning a landslide victory. […]

Edmund Hillary

Edmund Hillary

New Zealand mountaineer, explorer, and philanthropist, Edmund Hillary was born on this day, July 20, in 1919.  […]

Stephen Leacock

Stephen Leacock

With my usual impatience I jumped into the motorboat. “No, no,” Leacock shouted. “We’re going out in the canoe. I’ll paddle.”  […]

Harold Wilson

Harold Wilson

England has not won a major football tournament since winning the World Cup in 1966, when Harold Wilson was Prime Minister. […]

Nelson Rockefeller

Nelson Rockefeller

American businessman and politician Nelson Rockefeller was born on this day, July 8, in 1908. […]

Billie Jean King

Billie Jean King

This portrait of the American former World No. 1 professional tennis player Billie Jean King is newly added to the database. […]

Thurgood Marshall

Thurgood Marshall

The United States Supreme Court’s first African-American justice, Thurgood Marshall, was born on July 2, in 1908. […]

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