Karsh Signature

Yousuf Karsh, master photographer of the 20th century


Elixir, 1938

“In the 1930s, I enjoyed experimenting with optics and Surrealism.”

This nude study consisted of four negatives carefully sandwiched together. This was long before the invention of Photoshop or digital manipulation and it required a great deal of skill, finesse, and technique in every step of the process – the exposures, the developing of the negatives, and the making of the final print.