Saturday, July 23, 2005

"I Had Been Karshed"

Yousuf Karsh was the most renowned portrait photographer of our time. He worked tirelessly for over half a century recording unforgettable images of the statesmen, artists, literary and scientific figures who shaped our lives.

Karsh was born on December 23 1908 at Mardin, Turkey, of Armenian Catholic parents. The son of an illiterate merchant, he grew up amid the Turkish genocide which saw two of his uncles killed in jail. The family escaped to Syria in a month-long journey with a caravan.

He went to school in Aleppo, Syria for a couple of years. At the Age of 16, speaking no English and little French, Yousuf was dispatched to join his uncle, George Nakash, a photographer in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada. For a time he went to school, hoping to study medicine, but his course was set when his uncle gave him a Box Brownie. Soon after, one of his landscapes, put into a competition by a fellow pupil, won the $50 first prize.

Karsh joined his uncle's photographic business, then spent three years in Boston, Massachusetts, with John Garo, an Armenian photographer. Garo advised him to study Velasquez and Rembrandt, and taught him how to use natural light and to make bathtub gin for the studio's customers. At the end of his apprenticeship, the pupil returned to Canada, where he established himself in the capital Ottawa under the grandiloquent title "Karsh of Ottawa", on Sparks Street, close to Canada’s seat of government.

Eventually, the Canadian Prime Minister, Mackenzie King, discovered the yet unknown Karsh and took a liking to him. The Prime Minister arranged introductions for Karsh with visiting dignitaries, whom he convinced to sit for portraits. His work was attracting the attention of varied celebrities, but Karsh’s own place in history was sealed in 1941 when Winston Churchill came to Ottawa.

The story is often told of how Karsh created his famous portrait of Churchill during the early years of World War II. Churchill, the British prime minister, had just addressed the Canadian Parliament and Karsh was there to record one of the century's great leaders. "He was in no mood for portraiture and two minutes were all that he would allow me as he passed from the House of Commons chamber to an anteroom," Karsh wrote in Faces of Our Time. "Two niggardly minutes in which I must try to put on film a man who had already written or inspired a library of books, baffled all his biographers, filled the world with his fame, and me, on this occasion, with dread."

Churchill marched into the room scowling, "regarding my camera as he might regard the German enemy." His expression suited Karsh perfectly, but the cigar stuck between his teeth seemed incompatible with such a solemn and formal occasion. "Instinctively, I removed the cigar. At this the Churchillian scowl deepened, the head was thrust forward belligerently, and the hand placed on the hip in an attitude of anger."

The image captured Churchill and the England of the time perfectly — defiant and unconquerable. Churchill later said to him, "You can even make a roaring lion stand still to be photographed." As such, Karsh titled the photograph, The Roaring Lion.

This image is claimed to be the most reproduced photographic portrait in history. Of the 100 people named by the International Who’s Who [2000] as the most notable people of the century, Karsh had photographed 51. Karsh himself was the only Canadian to make the list.

In 1943, the success of the Churchill portrait enabled Karsh to cross the Atlantic to produce a series of highly-acclaimed pictures of the major figures in wartime Britain, among them General Montgomery - who was the first to claim that he “had been Karshed” .

British and Canadian prime ministers, American presidents, all the Popes (with the exception of the shortlived John Paul I) and many Hollywood stars raced to submit themselves to Karsh's conspiratorial camera.

Some famous subjects photographed by Karsh were Albert Einstein, Albert
Schweitzer, Alexander Calder, Andy Warhol, Audrey Hepburn, Clark Gable, Dwight Eisenhower, Ernest Hemingway, Fidel Castro, Jacqueline Kennedy, Frank Lloyd Wright, General Pershing, George Bernard Shaw, Georgia O'Keeffe, Grey Owl, Helen Keller, Humphrey Bogart, Indira Gandhi, John F. Kennedy, Laurence Olivier, Madame Chiang Kai-Shek, Muhammad Ali, Pablo Casals, Pandit Nehru, Paul Robeson, Peter Lorre, Picasso, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Princess Elizabeth, Princess Grace, Prince Rainier of Monaco, Robert Frost, Ruth Draper, Field Marshal Lord Alanbrooke and, arguably his most famous portrait subject, Winston Churchill.

In 1967, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada and in 1990 was promoted to Companion.

On his passing on July 13 2002, he was interred in Notre Dame Cemetery in Ottawa, Ontario.

I posted some of his most famous photographs on flickr.

Sources: Wikipedia , The Daily Telegraph , National Gallery of Australia .


Anonymous Baher said...

Interesting story, I've never heard of him before.
Thank you for the heads up.

July 23, 2005 9:52 AM  
Blogger aleppian said...


July 23, 2005 4:33 PM  
Blogger Omar said...

Wow, this story belive it or not gave me goose bumps, epsecially when I read about the Chuchill bit. I am going to Ottawa in a few days, perhaps if I have some time I'll pass by the national art museum, maybe he'll have a few photographs there.

July 23, 2005 10:36 PM  
Blogger Steliano Ponticos said...

Rami I haven't had the time to read you. I will asap. But Van Leo sure has a rival now :)

July 23, 2005 11:40 PM  
Blogger Ayman said...

Quite interesting. Why didn't anybody give me a Box Brownie before I enetered medical school?! :-p

July 24, 2005 2:34 AM  
Blogger Rami said...

Baher, ur welcome…glad you liked it.

Aleppian, ^_^

Omar, I would be surprised if they didn’t have some of his work in Ottawa.

Steliano, take your time… this post is not going anywhere…enjoy Paris.

Ayman, hehe… ba3d zaman…It’s nice to have you back.

July 24, 2005 7:42 AM  
Blogger Olivia said...

Rami, thank you for this post! I enjoyed the Churchill anecdote very much.

July 25, 2005 1:26 PM  
Blogger Rami said...

you are welcome Olivia :)
yeah the Churchil bit is a classic...glad you liked it.

July 26, 2005 7:27 AM  
Anonymous barney g. said...

Thanks for ringing back old memories, and thanks for selecting and publishing those beautiful sensitive portraits. What an eye Karsh had!!!

Have you ever noticed how some characteristic on one person might be considered a lovely trait, while the same characteristic on another might look - well, just GOOFY? I refer you to the beautiful portrait of that intriguing waif Audrey Hepburn and ask you to look at any picture of Bashar - and you will see what I mean.

Isn't she beautiful?


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Blogger Jacie said...

Thank you so much for your interesting and insightful research on Yousef Karsh. I recently was sitting in the radiology department of an Ottawa childrens hospital and spotted 12 Karsh photographs on the wall. I was very inspired by them, but I knew little about him and now I do Thank You.

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