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.” - artsy.net
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."Original article
The trouble with photographing beautiful women is that you never get into the dark room until after they've gone.
Within every man and woman a secret is hidden, and as a photographer it is my task to reveal it if I can.
I try to photograph people's spirits and thoughts. As to the soul-taking by the photographer, I don't feel I take away, but rather that the sitter and I give to each other. It becomes an act of mutual participation.