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Charles Britt, photographer and master scanner to the Karsh Estate, has recently digitized more Fidel Castro prints. Here's the story of Karsh's shoot with the Cuban leader.

"I arrived in Havana on the twenty-sixth of July, Cuba's national holiday, in time to hear this charismatic speaker address thousands of people in a rousing endorsement of the benefits of the Revolution. It was, for Castro, a short speech-two-and-a-half hours instead of his customary six. For the next three days, my companion and tour guide was Celia Sanchez, Cuba's wiry, energetic Secretary of State. From the three sites Ms. Sanchez offered for photography, I chose a simple ceremonial room, its stark walls and bookshelves suggesting a barracks, which turned out to be Castro's favorite office.

Not until an anxiety-filled hour before my scheduled departure did the Foreign Office confirm that Castro was ready. Dressed in army fatigues, looking grave and tired, Castro shook my hand warmly. Apologizing for the delay, he removed his belt and pistol and placed them beside him with a weary gesture. Our photographic session lasted three-and-a-half hours, punctuated by refreshments of Cuban rum and Coke and shared memories of the famous author and beloved former Cuban resident, Ernest Hemingway."

Fidel Castro, 1971 © Yousuf Karsh

Okeeffe-Georgia-01.jpgAny excuse to publish this portrait: 'Georgia O'Keeffe: Abstraction' is on at the Whitney Museum here in NYC from September 17, 2009 to January 17, 2010.

Georgia O'Keeffe, 1956 © Yousuf Karsh

King-ML.jpgDreamworks acquired the rights to produce a film on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King in 2009. Karsh photographed him in 1962 in Atlanta, Georgia, saying "No man in America personified better than Martin Luther King the dedication of his people to their inalienable rights."

Martin Luther King, 1962 © Yousuf Karsh

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The framed prints that got left behind in Herman Leonard's New Orleans studio during Hurricane Katrina are really moving when you see the effects of the water on the image. Herman is releasing a series of prints of Frank Sinatra, Miles Davis and Sarah Vaughan, with a donation from each sale going to the New Orleans Musicians' Clinic. Visit Herman's website for more on this and lots of other news.


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In June 2009 Vanity Fair published Karsh's portrait of Bernard Madoff. Prints belonging to Madoff's secretary are being auctioned online at Artnet.

Bernard Madoff, 1988 © Yousuf Karsh

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Celebrating the 50th anniversary of his cross-country road trip The Metropolitan Museum in New York will feature all 83 photographs published in Robert Frank's 'The Americans', the first time the body of work will be exhibited in New York. From September 22nd 2009 to January 3rd 2010.

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ClampArt is showing Amy Stein's 'Domesticated' from September 10th to October 31st 2009 at their 25th Street gallery in Chelsea, NY. As usual for Clamp, the opening was packed.

Trasheaters, 2007 © Amy Stein


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'Nature as Artifice: New Dutch Landscape in Photography and Video Art' 
Opening reception is at Aperture, September 10th 2009. 

Later, 2001 © Edwin Zwakman

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From October 30, 2009 to January 31, 2010 the Brooklyn Museum will show a major exhibition 'Who Shot Rock & Roll' which will include this image by Michael Putland. More info at Brooklyn Museum's site.

Mick Jagger, 1970's © Michael Putland

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Of his new body of work, 'War Paint', Gerald Mocarsky says "I want to embrace the physical signs of aging that evolve along with emotional and spiritual maturity."

Marelise #1 © Gerald Mocarsky

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