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Yousuf Karsh, master photographer of the 20th century

Pyramide du Louvre

I. M. Pei, 1979

Architect I. M. Pei’s glass and metal pyramid, the Pyramide du Louvre, is thirty years old. It is surrounded by three smaller pyramids in the main courtyard of the Palais du Louvre in Paris. The large pyramid serves as the main entrance to the Louvre Museum and was completed in 1989.

“‘Buildings are for people to enjoy,’ the Chinese-American architect told me. The appreciative millions who throng through his creative public buildings – the East Wing of the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., the Kennedy Library and the addition to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Fragrant Hill Hotel outside Peking, or the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland – respond instinctively to I. M.’s ‘dedication to humanity through architecture.'” Karsh: A Biography in Images

Pei was still designing into the 2000s, and he turned 100 in 2017. See more I. M. Pei by Karsh.