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“Look and think before opening the shutter. The heart and mind are the true lens of the camera”

– Yousuf Karsh, 1908 –  2002,  Armenian-Canadian, photographer, photography, portrait


More on photographer Yousuf Karsh

Yousuf Karsh was born in Mardin, a city in the eastern Ottoman Empire (present Turkey).  He grew up during the Armenian Genocide where he wrote, “I saw relatives massacred; my sister died of starvation as we were driven from village to village.” At the age of 16, his parents sent Yousuf to live with his uncle George Nakash, a photographer in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada. Karsh briefly attended school there and assisted in his uncle’s studio. Nakash saw great potential in his nephew and in 1928 arranged for Karsh to apprentice with portrait photographer John Garo in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. His brother, Malak Karsh, was also a photographer.

Karsh returned to Canada four years later, eager to ….   continued on Wikipedia

The image of Churchill brought Karsh international prominence, and is claimed to be the most reproduced photographic portrait in history.