Yousuf Karsh

Yousuf Karsh


Nationality: Canadian

Birth Place: Mardín (Mardín province, South-East Anatolian Region, Turkey)

Karsh is internationally known for his portraits of notable people, such as dignitaries, artists, world leaders, and scientists. He emigrated to Canada in 1924, where he came under the care of his uncle, George Nakash, an established photographer. He opened his own portrait studio in 1932 in Ottowa quickly gaining a reputation as a talented photographer.

Karsh published 15 books of his photographs, which include brief descriptions of the sessions, during which he would ask questions and talk with his subjects to relax them as he composed the portrait. Some famous subjects photographed by Karsh were Albert Einstein, Albert Schweitzer, Alexander Calder, Andy Warhol, Audrey Hepburn, Clark Gable, Dwight Eisenhower, Ernest Hemingway, Fidel Castro, Jacqueline Kennedy, Frank Lloyd Wright, General Pershing, George Bernard Shaw, Georgia O'Keeffe, Grey Owl, Helen Keller, Humphrey Bogart, Indira Gandhi, John F. Kennedy, Laurence Olivier, Marian Anderson, Madame Chiang Kai-Shek, Muhammad Ali, Pablo Casals, Pandit Nehru, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, Paul Robeson, Joan Baez, Peter Lorre, Picasso, Chuck Jones, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Pope Pius XII, Pope John Paul II, Princess Elizabeth, Princess Grace, Prince Rainier of Monaco, Robert Frost, Ruth Draper, Jean Sibelius, W. H. Auden, Carl Jung, Field Marshal Lord Alanbrooke, the rock band Rush and, arguably his most famous portrait subject, Winston Churchill. This image poses the qualities that would become the Karsh trademark: strong chiaroscuro to model the sitter's face and to portray the sitter's character.


Yousuf Karsh Original Art Values Sold at Auction

Item Realized
PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE TEXAS COLLECTION  YOUSUF KARSH (Canadian, 1908-2002) Hemingway, 1954 Silver gelatin, 1967 4
PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE TEXAS COLLECTIONYOUSUF KARSH (Canadian, 1908-2002)Hemingway, 1954Silver gelatin, 19674...
Lot 75122
Auction 5015
Friday, December 12, 2008
YOUSUF KARSH (Canadian, 1908-2002) Winston Churchill, 1941 Gelatin silver, printed later 23-3/4 x 19 inches (60.3 x 4
YOUSUF KARSH (Canadian, 1908-2002)Winston Churchill, 1941Gelatin silver, printed later23-3/4 x 19 inches (60.3 x 4...
Lot 74075
Auction 5060
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
YOUSUF KARSH (Canadian, 1908-2002) Karsh: A Fifty-Year Retrospective and Winston Churchill (signed book and photogr... (...
YOUSUF KARSH (Canadian, 1908-2002)Karsh: A Fifty-Year Retrospective and Winston Churchill (signed book and photogr... (Total: 2 Items)
Lot 74127
Auction 5210
Sunday, May 3, 2015
Yousuf Karsh (Canadian, 1908-2002) Winston Churchill, 1941 Sepia toned gelatin silver 9 x 6-3/4 inches (22.9 x 17.1 c
Yousuf Karsh (Canadian, 1908-2002)Winston Churchill, 1941Sepia toned gelatin silver9 x 6-3/4 inches (22.9 x 17.1 c...
Lot 11057
Auction 191729
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Yousuf Karsh (Canadian, 1908-2002) Winston Churchill, 1941 Gelatin silver, printed later 19-3/4 x 15-3/4 inches (50.2
Yousuf Karsh (Canadian, 1908-2002)Winston Churchill, 1941Gelatin silver, printed later19-3/4 x 15-3/4 inches (50.2...
Lot 73228
Auction 5298
Friday, May 19, 2017

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