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Yousuf Karsh, master photographer of the 20th century

Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso, 1954

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

Karsh wrote, “The maestro’s villa was a photographer’s nightmare, with his boisterous children bicycling through vast rooms already crowded with canvases. I eagerly accepted Picasso’s alternate suggestion to meet later in Vallauris at his ceramic gallery. ‘He will never be here,’ the gallery owner commented, when my assistant and two hundred pounds of equipment arrived…” Read the rest of the story, and see more photographs from this sitting.