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Portrait Photography - Famous Portrait Photographer - Yousuf Karsh
Yousuf Karsh (December 23, 1908 – July 13, 2002)
The world’s master and most famous portrait photographer

Yousuf Karsh - Humphrey Bogart
Humphrey Bogart - Karsh

Yousuf Karsh - Canadian Stamp Honor - Postage Stamp
Yousuf Karsh Honoured by Canadian Government with unique Portrait Postage Stamp

Famous Karsh Portrait - Sophia Loren and Son
Karsh Portrait of Sophia Loren with son Eduardo
The only portrait of his mother hung at home

Karsh Movie Star Portraits


Yousuf Karsh was born in Mardin, Turkey. At age 14,the Karsh family fled to the safety of Syria to escape  the Armenian genocide. Two years later, Yousuf was sent to live with his uncle George Nakash, a photographer in Quebec, Canada. Karsh attended school there briefly and assisted in his uncle’s studio.

Karsh was a master in the use of studio lights. One of Karsh's distinctive eye was to  light the subject's hands separately. He photographed many presidents, royal families and celebrities of his generation. London's Sunday Times quoted...  "when the famous start thinking of immortality, they call for Karsh of Ottawa."

Karsh had a gift for capturing the essence of his subject in his portraits. As Karsh wrote of his own work in 1967... "Within every man and woman a secret is hidden, and as a photographer it is my task to reveal it if I can. The revelation, will come in a small fraction of a second with an unconscious gesture, a gleam of the eye, a brief lifting of the mask that all humans wear to conceal their innermost selves from the world. In that fleeting interval of opportunity the photographer must act or lose his prize."

John and Jackie Portrait
Karsh Portrait John and Jackie Kennedy
 

White House Portrait John Kennedy
John Kennedy by Yousuf Karsh
 

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