Yousuf Karsh


Yousuf Karsh, Berenice Abbott, August 24, 1989 (560.1989)


Yousuf Karsh speaking at ICP on October 7, 1977.


Yousuf Karsh, Jessye Norman, April 4, 1990 (1992.1330)


Yousuf Karsh speaking at ICP on October 7, 1977.

Yousuf Karsh (1908-2002) was born 110 years ago today in Mardin, Armenia (now south eastern Turkey), to Armenian parents. Karsh’s photographs were exhibited in three solo exhibitions at ICP: Yousuf Karsh: Fifty-Year Retrospective, September 30, 1983 – November 13, 1983, “This retrospective and 75th birthday celebration highlights the new perceptions and insight that this photographer brings to the subjects of his portraits”; Yousuf Karsh, April 13, 1990 – June 24, 1990; and Karsh: American Legends, October 23, 1992 – January 24, 1993, “This exhibition of black-and-white and color photographs presents the results of Yousuf Karsh’s travels across America to photograph those Americans whose achievements have enriched the country’s landscape.”

Yousuf Karsh speaking at ICP on October 7, 1977.

Yousuf Karsh was the recipient of the Infinity Award: Master of Photography award in 1990. Speaking of portraiture, a relevant upcoming exhibition at ICP is: Your Mirror: Portraits from the ICP Collection, February 8, 2019 – April 28, 2019.


Yousuf Karsh speaking at ICP on October 7, 1977.


Weegee, Yousuf Karsh, 1956 (9358.1993)

In a project to photograph the other great photographers of the day, Weegee (amusingly and light-heartedly) photographed (and perhaps lampooned) Karsh, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Philippe Halsman, and Victor Keppler.


Yousuf Karsh speaking at ICP on October 7, 1977.


Yousuf Karsh (1908-2002), Georgia O’Keeffe, March 18, 1956 (557.1989)


Yousuf Karsh (1908-2002), Helen Keller and Polly Thompson, Hotel Algonquin, New York, March 8, 1948 (548.1989)

Yousuf Karsh speaking at ICP on October 7, 1977.

The Yousuf Karsh Archive.

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