Reverend Billy Graham, by Yousuf Karsh
Billy Graham is in the news a fair amount, mostly just because he is still alive. Mr Graham celebrated his 96th birthday last month. Here are just a few of the gorgeous Karsh portraits of the evangelist, taken in 1972.
All images © Yousuf Karsh
Just received my copies of Time's new book "Hillary: An American Life" which includes this here colour portrait by Mr Karsh. Karsh officially retired in 1992, closing his studio at the Château Laurier
in Ottawa that year. Per their website, "World-class portrait photographer Yousuf Karsh lived at the Château for 18 years. He also operated his studio from the sixth floor; there he photographed international celebrities between 1970 and 1992. Karsh gave seven of his famous portraits to the hotel when he moved in 1998. Years later, his wife Estrellita gifted an addition eight portraits to the hotel. These outstanding images are now part Fairmont Château Laurier's history and are located in the Reading Lounge and the Karsh Suite."
Upon taking office Mr Clinton assumed that every US president was "Karshed" and Mr Karsh was persuaded out of retirement to make some photos with Bill and Hillary.
photographed several Hollywood film stars in the 40s and 50s and in fact there will be an exhibition of them at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston this fall: "Karsh Goes Hollywood
" opens on September 8th, 2014. Here's Lauren Bacall, and Karsh's classic photograph of Humphrey Bogart as a bonus.
Yousuf Karsh "American Portraits" exhibition is still on at the National Portrait Gallery
in DC through November 4th, 2014. A representative of the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity
got in touch having just seen the Wiesel portrait which is on view. The exhibition includes the colour image, but here is a black and white for good measure.
Karsh stopped working in 1992, and Mr Wiesel was among the last people photographed. Although, 1991 was still an interesting year - he also photographed Cesar Chavez, Marilyn Horne, Arnold Palmer, David Rockefeller, and Billy Wilder.
© Yousuf Karsh
The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC launched the second round of a Karsh exhibition, as curated by Ann Shumard with Estrellita Karsh who generously donated over 100 vintage prints. The exhibition is on the ground floor and round one received between 250,000 and 300,000 visitors.
This classic image of Ms Roosevelt is in the show, and has just been licensed by the National Parks Service for use in materials at the Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site in New York. I thought I'd like to publish the other frame that not so many people are familiar with.
Non-Americans: she was an absolute powerhouse, it's worth looking her up. "
Roosevelt was a controversial First Lady for her outspokenness,
particularly her stance on racial issues. She was the first presidential
spouse to hold press conferences, write a syndicated newspaper column,
and speak at a national convention. On a few occasions, she publicly
disagreed with her husband's policies." Can you imagine??
Eleanor Roosevelt, 1957 © Yousuf Karsh
William Lyon Mackenzie King and Winston Churchill, 1941 © Yousuf Karsh
We're all familiar with the portrait of Winston Churchill
that Yousuf Karsh made in December, 1941, after Churchill finished his famous "some chicken, some neck!" speech at the Canadian Parliament. The story behind the Roaring Lion, as the photograph has come to be known, is not apocryphal: Karsh did whip the cigar from Churchill's mouth. But the funniest part of the story is that William Lyon Mackenzie King, Prime Minister of Canada, kind of set Karsh up. He hadn't told Churchill he was to be photographed and Churchill was not amused upon being delivered to Karsh's set. "Why was I not told?" he bellowed, and apparently everyone else in the room laughed. "This did not help my cause any!" complains Karsh, in this fabulous clip from "60 Minutes with Morley Safer
Churchill gave Karsh permission to make one more photograph, in which he is smiling broadly, as he is here, where Mr King has clearly enjoyed his little game.
We are proud to have this portrait of the Marx Brothers presented as part of the supporting materials for the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center
in Moscow's exhibition "Andy Warhol: Ten Portraits of Famous Jews of the Twentieth Century" which is on now. There is an interview with the curator on the New Contemporary
website about the differences between this exhibition and its original that showed at the Jewish Museum in New York in 1980.
It is 50 years since Michael Caine appeared in his first major film role, as Lieutenant Gonville Bromhead in 'Zulu.' Karsh worked on-set. Not a lot of people know that
I just spotted this glorious colour photo of Neil Armstrong whilst researching another subject, and was compelled to publish it. It would make for a good caption contest, you can leave suggestions on Facebook if you like!
This portrait of Mies van der Rohe was made during the first photo shoot that the newly-married Estrellita Karsh attended, in 1962. She talks about how she watched Mr. Karsh take the "imposing buddha in a wheelchair" to a corner in the architect's Bauhaus home for a quiet conversation, seeing a relationship develop, as if "a doctor with a patient." Mrs Karsh tells this story in an article for French magazine 'Beaux-Arts,' to be published in conjunction with a major exhibition at the Mona Bismarck American Center
for art and culture, in October.
"The exhibition at the Mona Bismarck American Center for art & culture will reunite approximately seventy of the photographer's most striking portraits of French and American dignitaries and luminaries, juxtaposing Frank Lloyd Wright with Le Corbusier, for example, and Charles de Gaulle with Dwight Eisenhower. Original photographs will be presented alongside archival material from the dozens of Life and Paris-Match covers that Karsh captured, marking the transformation of his intimate portraits into public icons."
"In celebration of a major gift to its collection of more than 100 portraits created by renowned photographer Yousuf Karsh (1908-2002), the National Portrait Gallery will present the exhibition Yousuf Karsh: American Portraits. Opening November 1, 2013, this exhibition will feature iconic photographs of Americans who have distinguished themselves in fields as diverse as business, medicine, entertainment, politics, and the arts. Among the portraits to be included will be those of artist Georgia O'Keeffe, physician and virologist Jonas Salk, singer Marian Anderson, actress Grace Kelly, businesswoman Elizabeth Arden, architect I.M. Pei, and first lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Yousuf Karsh: American Portraits will be the museum's first exhibition devoted entirely to the work of this internationally recognized portrait photographer."