Karsh Signature

Yousuf Karsh, master photographer of the 20th century

Francois Mauriac

Francois Mauriac, 1949

French novelist, dramatist, critic, poet, and journalist Francois Mauriac died on September 1, 1970 (b. 1885).

Karsh wrote: “Paris was without electric power when I photographed the eminent Catholic writer. My assistant and I had valiantly climbed five endless Parisian flights of stairs with heavy equipment, in the vain hope that electricity would soon be restored. It was late in the afternoon and we would not soon have the opportunity to meet again. So, using a bed sheet borrowed from his housekeeper as a reflector, I caught his aristocratic silhouette in the available light of an open French window.”