Karsh Signature

Yousuf Karsh, master photographer of the 20th century

Yousuf Karsh 1908-2002

Mr. Karsh left us on this day, July 13, in 2002. Born in Mardin, Armenia, in 1908, his family fled to Syria in 1922; Karsh arrived in Canada in 1925, and he would be based there until 1997. Read his brief biography.

During his career he produced more than 15,000 Sittings, and as many as 370,000 negatives. His records begin in 1933, with an entry for April 25: “Dominion Drama Festival “Will Shakespeare” Nancy Barrow” and end in 1993, on May 6: “President & Mrs. Bill Clinton Photographed in the White House”.

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