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ClampArt artist Rachel Papo is the winner of the 2009 'Deeper Perspective Photographer of the Year' Lucie Award for her project on young Israeli women serving their mandatory military duty, 'Serial No. 3817131'. Sadly, there's not much by way of images from this year's International Photography Awards competition winners on the Lucies website - just an un-navigatable video of stills. Which is odd.

Rachel thanked Mr. Clamp upon receiving her award, saying he is the nicest guy in the business. Which is nice.

Talking to Family, from Serial No. 3817131 © Rachel Papo



Karsh_Mandela_PSU.jpgThere are more frames than usual from Karsh's Nelson Mandela sitting, several colour as well as a number of b/w. I got a request for one that I don't have a copy of, but this is close and really lovely. It's going to be used by a local university in an educational video for a philosophy class. There are so many great things about working with the Karsh archive, one of which is the sheer joy some people express when they are sent a high-res file and granted a license.

Nelson Mandela, 1990 © Yousuf Karsh



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In 1964 Nikita Khrushchev was removed from office. He was replaced by Leonid Brezhnev as First Secretary of the Communist party and by Aleksei Kosygin as Premier.

Nikita Khrushchev, 1963 © Yousuf Karsh

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Thanks to Rob Hann, a fellow Englishman who loves the desert, for this picture reflecting my mood today. Feature story to come.

White Sands New Mexico © Rob Hann

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In an effort to keep my visiting parents busy on a cold cloudy day in New York, I've put them to work alphabetizing the Karsh colour transparencies in the archive. My Mum told me the story of how Edmond Safra died - she has incredible recall for such things.

Edmond Safra, 1984 © Yousuf Karsh 

Penn-Irving-redo.jpgThe photo world's beloved Irving Penn died yesterday at the ripe old age of 92.

Irving Penn, 1965 © Yousuf Karsh

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Dame Elizabeth Taylor announced she is having heart surgery today - she let her public know via Twitter. I do wonder what Mr Karsh would have made of such things.

Elizabeth Taylor, 1943 © Yousuf Karsh


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October 15th, 2009 is the opening night of Abe's show at Nathalia Laue in Frankfurt should you find yourself in Germany - go for this show and stay for the Book Fair! As well as this exhibition, Abe is doing an awful lot of printing (the poor man spent August in the darkroom) and working on his book 'Penelope's Hungry Eyes: Portraits of the Master Photographers'.

Brooklyn Bridge infrared, 1984 © Abe Frajndlich


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'The Who' is a difficult search to perform online, for obvious reasons. Today I celebrate my The Who website making it to page one of a Google image search.

Keith Moon, 1973 © Michael Putland

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In honor of Gandhi's birthday, Karsh's portrait of Jawaharlal Nehru, first prime minister of India.

Jawaharlal Nehru, 1949 © Yousuf Karsh

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