Karsh Signature

Yousuf Karsh, master photographer of the 20th century

Dr. Andrei Sakharov

Dr. Andrei Sakharov, 1989

On this day, October 9, 1975, Dr. Andrei Sakharov was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace. Sakharov was a Russian nuclear physicist, dissident, and activist for disarmament, peace and human rights. Karsh photographed him in February, 1989, not long before Sakharov died of a heart attack the following December.

In December of 2016, this Karsh photograph of Sakharov from the same sitting was used as a large banner for an Andrei Sakharov Memorial Concert held in Kiev.

Andrei Sakharov Memorial Concert, Kiev