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Yousuf Karsh


1908 - 2002 Armenian–Canadian, born Mardin

As he wrote: “The endless fascination of these people for me lies in what I call their inward power. It is part of the elusive secret that hides in everyone, and it has been my life’s work to try to capture it on film.” -

At age thirty-three he immortalized Sir Winston Churchill on film. This portrait is surely Karsh’s best-known photograph and the one most reproduced in history. The back lighting that shapes the face accentuates the famous politician’s expression while conferring upon him strength, power and intelligence. - National Gallery of Canada

Yousuf Karsh, CC (Armenian: Յուսուֆ Քարշ, also Hovsep Karsh Հովսեփ Քարշ; December 23, 1908 – July 13, 2002) was an Armenian–Canadian portrait photographer. He has been called one of the great portrait photographers of the 20th century by Time magazine and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, with the latter noting the "distinct style in his theatrical lighting."

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Karsh Canadians
Karsh: American Legends: Photographs and Commentary (Springs of Achievement Series on the Art of Photography)
Yousuf Karsh: Heroes of Light and Shadow
Faces of Our Time
In search of greatness;: Reflections of Yousuf Karsh
Karsh Portraits
Karsh: A Fifty-Year Retrospective
Karsh: A Biography In Images https://images-na.ssl-im...
Karsh: Beyond the Camera