Karsh Signature

Yousuf Karsh, master photographer of the 20th century


Elixir, 1938

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.

This nude study of Karsh’s first wife, Solange, 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.

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