The Karsh photography prize for students of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, was established by Yousuf and Estrellita Karsh in 1998 and carries forward Karsh’s practice of mentorship. Karsh was himself mentored by John Garo in Boston in the 1930s and went on to mentor others, including the now well known jazz photographer Herman Leonard.
The jury consists of a panel including curators, working photographers, and diverse individuals in the world of photography. With their prize-winning photographs on display, the winning students are presented their awards (including a stipend to develop their work) at an event which includes a dialogue between the young artists and jury members about the students’ inspiration, working method, and philosophies. Each artist contributes a print to a portfolio which will provide a record of the early work of these emerging photographers and records trends in photography.