Karsh Signature

Yousuf Karsh, master photographer of the 20th century

“The Lesson”

“The Lesson,” 1935

Something different from Karsh’s early days in Ottawa.

“The photographic vignette was to be its own little drama. Betty Low and Solange spontaneously improvised a ballet lesson for a young photographer experimenting with his camera. Having worked only with available light during my student days in Boston, I was intrigued by the endless possibilities offered by the incandescent lights of the theater.”

Betty Low, “the student”, was a Canadian-born dancer and actress who began her career with the Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo and performed and taught in the US for 70 years. Karsh’s first wife, Solange Gauthier Karsh, “the teacher,” was also a dancer.