Karsh Signature

Yousuf Karsh, master photographer of the 20th century

Jonas Salk

Dr. Jonas Salk, creator of the polio vaccine, 1956

Relationships with the relatives and estates of Yousuf Karsh’s subjects can turn up interesting stories and personal photos, and lead to new uses of the images. The Salk Institute is one example, and the Karsh estate has worked with Salk’s estate on various projects, including a mural at the Jonas Salk Elementary School in Mira Mesa, San Diego. This image is also used by the Salk Institute in various promotional pieces.

Salk’s estate shared this photograph from the sitting, where the young girl who had received this injection was none too pleased, despite Salk and Karsh trying to comfort her.

Karsh photographed Jonas Salk in 1956, and again in 1991.