Portrait in Light and Shadow: The Life of Yousuf Karsh by Maria Tippett
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.
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.
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