1908 - 2002
Yousuf Karsh is the most renowned portrait photographer
of our time. He has perceptively photographed the statesmen,
artists, and literary and scientific figures that have shaped
our lives in the 20th century. Known for his ability to
transform “the human face into legend,” many of the portraits
that he created have become virtually the image of the great
man or woman they portray, whether Winston Churchill, Ernest
Hemingway, Albert Einstein, Georgia O’Keefe or Helen Keller.
In other words, “to experience a Karsh photograph is to
feel in the presence of history itself.” His photographs
are in major private and public collections throughout the
world, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston holding the largest
collection in the US.