Photostory #159: Portrait of Karsh: Close-Up of a Celebrated Canadian

Chris Lund , unattributed
National Film Board of Canada
Release Date
May 27, 1958
CMCP fonds
Credit Line
Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography fonds, National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives
Main Text
Forty-nine year old Yousuf Karsh, who came to Canada from Armenia 35 years ago, stands today as one of the master portrait photographers of the world. He first achieved international recognition with his pictures of World War II leaders which form part of his collection of notables in "Faces of Destiny". Far from standing in awe of his subjects, Karsh is usually able to calm the more irascible with his own persuasiveness. Said Churchill after he had grudgingly allotted him a few moments for his portrait: "he can make a roaring lion stand still". Czechoslovakia's revered President Benes described him as "a formidable fellow, the only dictator I ever listened to."