Karsh_Herman_Leonard.jpgHerman Leonard had a breath-taking life, from his early days assisting Yousuf Karsh to his years spent in Paris photographing fashion to his nights in Harlem photographing jazz legends, and on throughout the years. I interviewed him for ZOOZOOM about his fashion work, and felt lucky to be able to also chat with him about the famous sitting with Albert Einstein on which he assisted Karsh in 1948. I didn't meet Herman until he was well into his 80's but he behaved like a young man, enthusiastic about photography, forward-looking and creative with his archive. His prints left damaged by Hurricane Katrina make for moving viewing.

"Quincy Jones once said, 'I used to tell cats that Herman Leonard did with his camera what we did with our instruments. Looking back across his career, I'm even more certain of the comparison: Herman's camera tells the truth, and makes it swing. Musicians loved to see him around. No surprise; he made us look good.'"

Herman Leonard, 1923 - 2010  © Yousuf Karsh

John Wooden was an American basketball coach. He was a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame as both a player (class of 1961) and as a coach (class of 1973) and was the first person ever enshrined in both categories. Wooden died of natural causes aged 99 on June 4th, 2010.

John Wooden © Yousuf Karsh


Legendary and controversial photographer Jim Marshall has died in New York. Jim was in town from San Francisco to launch "Match Prints", his new book with Timothy White. He will definitely be missed by the whole community.

Johnny Cash © Jim Marshall

Alexander Haig was a US army general who served under Presidents Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford.
On a side note, Mr Haig was the recent winner of the Largest Number of Press Prints in the Karsh Archive competition. 

Alexander Haig, 1982 © Yousuf Karsh

Pyke_Alexander_McQueen.jpgSad news about the death of British national treasure and iconic bad boy of fashion Alexander McQueen.

Alexander McQueen © Steve Pyke

dusty_died.jpgLife as a celebrity photo agent.

Karsh_Updike_John_02.jpgIt's end-of-year obit season and it's been a busy one. Here in the Karsh archive we have at least half a dozen newly dead people. John Updike is here to illustrate the point.

John Updike, 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

Eunice Shriver Kennedy, sister of JFK, also died in August 2009. She was photographed with her husband, Sargent Shriver, in 1962.

Eunice and Sargent Shriver, 1962 © Yousuf Karsh

Ted (Edward) Kennedy died on August 25th 2009.

Yousuf Karsh photographed him in 1968, having photographed JFK in 1957 and 1960, and Robert (Bobby) Kennedy in 1962.

Edward Kennedy, 1962 © Yousuf Karsh

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