Karsh Signature

Yousuf Karsh, master photographer of the 20th century

Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa, 1988

Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, known as Mother Teresa, was born on this day, August 26, in 1910. She began working in the slums of Calcutta in India in 1948 and went on to found the Missionaries of Charity, orphanages, hospitals and hospices dedicated to the sick and the poor. She received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979.

All of Karsh’s more than 15,000 sittings were recorded on individual card files, and the data on those cards is searchable on this website. The “Sitter Card” for Mother Teresa reads: Photographed during visit to Ottawa at Chapel, Archdiocese of Ottawa Archbishop’s Residence. 

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