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Yousef karsh "Albert Einstein, 1948"


Albert Einstein, 1948

Yousuf Karsh (1908-2002) was an Armenian-Canadian portrait photographer, considered one of the greatest portrait photographers of the 20th century. His recognizable portraits include icons of Hollywood, art, literature, and politics. He has been called one of the great portrait photographers of the 20th century by Time magazine and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, with the latter noting the "distinct style in his theatrical lighting". His elegant portraits of the leading figures of the 20th century—among them Pablo PicassoGeorgia O’KeeffeWinston Churchill, Audrey Hepburn, Jackie KennedyMuhammad Ali, and Albert Einstein—photographer Yousuf Karsh captured both the private personality and public persona of his sitters. By carefully posing and sensitively lighting his subjects, Karsh strived to highlight distinctive features that would convey a sense of their individuality and inner life. The decisive moment for him—and the moment when he would release the camera’s shutter—was when his subject’s public mask was lifted, if only fleetingly. As he wrote: “The endless fascination of these people for me lies in what I call their inward power. It is part of the elusive secret that hides in everyone, and it has been my life’s work to try to capture it on film

Medium: Silver Gelatin print

Size: 9.5" x 9.5" 

 Framed: H 23" x 22"