Karsh Signature

Yousuf Karsh, master photographer of the 20th century

Sir Edmund Hillary

Sir Edmund Hillary, 1960

On this day, May 29, in 1953, Edmund Hillary and Nepali Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay were the first recorded climbers to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Hillary climbed ten other peaks in the Himalayas on further visits in 1956, 1960–1961, and 1963–1965, managing to find time for a sitting with Yousuf Karsh in Chicago in January, 1960.

Several decades later and one of Karsh’s portraits of Sir Edmund featured on this limited edition packet of Grape Nuts cereal.

Grape Nuts
Grap Nuts cereal packaging featuring Yousuf Karsh’s portrait of Sir Edmund Hillary.

See another portrait of Edmund Hillary.