Portrait in Light and Shadow: The Life of Yousuf Karsh

Overview

Yousuf Karsh is acknowledged to be the twentieth century's leading portrait photographer. His iconic images of Bogart, Hemingway, Churchill, the Kennedys, Auden, Castro, Einstein, the Clintons, Khrushchev, Casals, and Elizabeth II inhabit the mind's eye of anyone familiar with photographic history. A refugee from the ethnic cleansing of Turkish Armenians in 1916, Karsh made his home in Boston and Ottawa but travelled the globe during his sixty-year career, photographing political leaders, celebrities, monarchs, ...

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Overview

Yousuf Karsh is acknowledged to be the twentieth century's leading portrait photographer. His iconic images of Bogart, Hemingway, Churchill, the Kennedys, Auden, Castro, Einstein, the Clintons, Khrushchev, Casals, and Elizabeth II inhabit the mind's eye of anyone familiar with photographic history. A refugee from the ethnic cleansing of Turkish Armenians in 1916, Karsh made his home in Boston and Ottawa but travelled the globe during his sixty-year career, photographing political leaders, celebrities, monarchs, and movie stars. He died in 2002, aged 94. He left a legacy of 50,000 portraits.

This is the first biography, written with help from his family and colleagues and based on the Karsh archive in Ottawa. Its publication marks Karsh's centenary in 2008, when retrospective exhibitions are scheduled in a number of locations in North America, including the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Art Institute of Chicago, Boston Public Library, and Rhode Island School of Design. The book reproduces sixty of Karsh’s most celebrated portraits, and reveals the technique behind the camera and the brilliant mastery of the photographer.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300136500
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 1,046,139
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Maria Tippett is a cultural historian now living in British Columbia. She was senior research fellow at Churchill College, Cambridge, and has written biographies of the painter Emily Carr and of F. H. Varley.

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Table of Contents

Illustrations     X
Preface     XV
The Making of the Man     1
Beginnings in Armenia     3
Welcome to Canada     21
The Apprentice     39
Joe Goes to Ottawa     55
Court Photographer     77
Marriage     102
The Crowning of a Career     125
Annus Mirabilis     127
Mission to Britain     152
On Assignment     175
Faces of Destiny     203
Back to Europe     226
Branching Out     249
Chasing Shadows     276
The Living Legend     307
An End and a Beginning     309
Apotheosis     338
The Legacy     366
Acknowledgements     379
Selected Publications   Yousuf Karsh     383
Notes     387
Index     411
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