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Yousuf Karsh, master photographer of the 20th century

Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso, 1954

On June 24, in 1901, Pablo Picasso had his first exhibition in Paris, “Yo Picasso” (I Picasso), at the Galerie Vollard.

Karsh photographed Picasso in 1954 at Picasso’s Villa La Galloise. Karsh wrote of the sitting: “‘He will never be here,’ the gallery owner commented, when my assistant and two hundred pounds of equipment arrived. ‘He says the same thing to every photographer.’ To everyone’s amazement, the ‘old lion’ not only kept his photographic appointment with me but was prompt and wore a new shirt. He could partially view himself in my large format lens and intuitively moved to complete the composition.”

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