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Yousuf Karsh, master photographer of the 20th century

Laurence J. Cuelenaere, Shruti Paladagu, and Paulina MacNeil are the 2018 Karsh Prize Winners

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Back row: Matthew Teitelbaum, Director, MFA Boston; Lauren Shaw, Julie Grahame, Zach Feuer, judges; Laurence, Patricia and Shruti, prize winners. Front row: Estrellita Karsh; Katie Getchell, Deputy Director, MFA Boston. © Mike Hartley

This year marked the 21st anniversary of the Karsh Prize. This photography prize for students of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, was established by Yousuf and Estrellita Karsh and carries forward Karsh’s practice of mentorship. Karsh was himself mentored by John Garo in Boston in the 1930s and went on to mentor others, including the now well-known jazz photographer Herman Leonard.

Mrs. Karsh celebrated by inviting the original first prize winner, Zach Feuer, to be one of the judges. Laurence J. Cuelenaere took 1st place, Shruti Paladagu 2nd, and Paulina MacNeil 3rd. The students made their own decisions on how to display their work, and then discussed their practices with the judges and took questions from the audience.

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Judges Lauren Shaw, Julie Grahame, Zach Feuer; winners Shruti Paladagu, Paulina MacNeil and Laurence J. Cuelenaere © Mike Casey