Yousuf Karsh: Master of the Photographic Portrait

For the first time, since being purchased at Sotheby’s, a private collection of portraits by Yousuf Karsh will be exhibited. The Customs House Museum will showcase the fifteen photographs in the Orgain Gallery. Included in the exhibit are portraits of Picasso, Muhammad Ali, Ernest Hemingway, as well as, the famed Winston Churchill image.

Karsh was a master of studio lights. He had a gift for capturing the essence of¬†his subject. He wrote of his work in Karsh Portfolio in 1967, “Within every man and woman a secret is hidden, and as a photographer it is my task to reveal it if I can.” Of the 100 most notable people of the century, named by the¬†International Who’s Who (200), Karsh had photographed 51. The image of Churchill brought Karsh international recognition and is claimed to be the most reproduced photo in history.

This exhibit is courtesy of Haynes Galleries in Franklin, Tennessee.

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