Yousuf Karsh 12.23.12 Thought of the day


“Character, like a photograph, develops in darkness.” — Yousuf Karsh

Yousuf Karsh

Yousuf Karsh was born on this day in Mardin, Ottoman Turkey in 1908. Today is the 104th anniversary of his birth.

Karsh was a child during the Armenian genocide and his family was forced to flee from village to villiage. His sister died of starvation. In 1924 his parents sent him to Sherbrooke, Quebec to live with his uncle, George Nakash who worked as photographer. Karsh showed interested in the art and his uncle arranged an apprenticeship with John Garo, a portrait photographer living in Boston.

After his apprenticeship he returned to Canada and worked in a studio near Parliament Hill  in Ottawa. The Prime Minister discovered his work and arranged sittings with visiting dignitaries.

Karsh photographed Winston Churchill when the Britt came to give a speech to the Canadian House of commons in 1941. It became the most reproduced photographic print in history.

Winston Churchill's "Sinews of Peace"...

Winston Churchill’s “Sinews of Peace” address originated the term “Iron Curtain.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

He went on to photograph 51 of the 100 most notable people of the century in the International Who’s Who (2000).

He died in Boston, Massachusetts, USA in July of 2002 at the age of 93.

Karsh : Créateur d'images

Karsh : Créateur d’images (Photo credit: mstcweb)

His art has been celebrated on Canadian postage stamps and in 2009 Ottawa hosted a Festival Karsh .

Yousuf Karsh - Hepburn

Yousuf Karsh – Hepburn (Photo credit: Père Ubu)

Photo of Humphrey Bogart by Yousuf Karsh, 1946...

Photo of Humphrey Bogart by Yousuf Karsh, 1946 (“Yousuf Karsh collection” at the Library and Archives Canada). According to image information the copyright has expired. Title: Humphrey Bogart, actor Year: 1946 Size: 19.75 x 16 inches Source:National Archives of Canada http://www.collectionscanada.ca/ Reference number: PA-212506 Restrictions on use/reproduction: Nil Copyright: Expired on December 31, 1996 Credit: Yousuf Karsh / Library and Archives Canada / PA-212506 Creator: Karsh, Yousuf, 1908- (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Marx Brothers by Yousuf Karsh, 1948

Marx Brothers by Yousuf Karsh, 1948 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Nederlands: Paul Robeson in 1938; foto Yousuf ...

Nederlands: Paul Robeson in 1938; foto Yousuf Karsh; National Archives of Canada/PA-209022/Copyright: Expired (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

H. G. Wells in 1943.

H. G. Wells in 1943. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Martha Graham, dancer and choreographer Deutsc...

Martha Graham, dancer and choreographer Deutsch: Martha Graham 1948 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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