Karsh Signature

Yousuf Karsh, master photographer of the 20th century

Charles Rado

Charles Rado

The Rapho photographic agency was founded in Paris in 1933 by Charles Rado (1899–1970), a Hungarian immigrant. Rapho, an acronym formed from Rado-Photo, is one of the oldest press agencies specializing in humanist photography. Rapho initially represented the small group of Hungarian friends and refugee photographers Brassaï, Nora Dumas, Ergy Landau and Ylla.

Forced to close the agency during World War II, Rado left for the U.S. in 1940. He opened a New York City office at 59 East 54th Street, Rapho Guillumette Pictures, with photographer Paul Guillumette. Rapho was reopened in Paris in 1946 by Raymond Grosset.

Rado and Grosset proceeded to gather a number of photographers whom they represented in varying capacities and sometimes shared, including: Robert Doisneau, Édouard Boubat, Denis Brihat, Bill Brandt, Ken Heyman, Izis, André Kertész, Yousuf Karsh, Jacques Henri Lartigue, Janine Niépce, Willy Ronis, and Sabine Weiss. (Wikipedia)

A relative of Raymond Grosset has been in touch – a new film for French television is being written about animal portraitist Ylla, and this portrait of Rado will be included.