Karsh Signature

Yousuf Karsh, master photographer of the 20th century

Nelson Mandela Centenary

Nelson Mandela, 1990

On this day, July 18, in 1918, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was born. The anti-apartheid revolutionary and political leader was photographed by Karsh in June, 1990, just four months after Mandela’s release from prison. Brian Mulroney, Prime Minister of Canada at the time, greeted Mandela at the airport and accompanied him to the Chateau Laurier for his portrait. Read what happened.