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Yousuf Karsh, master photographer of the 20th century

George Bernard Shaw

George Bernard Shaw, 1943

“He said I might make a good picture of him – but none as good as the picture he had seen at a recent dinner party where he glimpsed, over the shoulder of his hostess, a perfect portrait of himself: “Cruel, you understand, a diabolical caricature, but absolutely true.” He pushed by the lady, approached the living image, and found he was looking into a mirror! The old man peered at me quizzically to see if I appreciated his little joke. It was then that I caught him in my portrait.”

Irish playwright, critic, polemicist and political activist George Bernard Shaw was born on this day, July 27, in 1856 (d. 1950).

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