Karsh Signature

Yousuf Karsh, master photographer of the 20th century

Georgia O’Keeffe

Georgia O’Keeffe, 1956

Georgia O’Keeffe, the artist considered to be the “Mother of American Modernism,” was born on November 15, 1887. Karsh wrote of their Sitting: “I decided to photograph her as another friend had described her: ‘Georgia, her pure profile calm, clear; her sleek black hair drawn swiftly back into a tight knot at the nape of her neck; the strong white hands, touching and lifting everything, even the boiled eggs, as if they were living things – sensitive slow-moving hands, coming out of the black and white, always this black and white.’ This portrait hangs in her Abiquiu home, now a museum operated by the Georgia O’Keeffe Foundation.”

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