Yousuf Karsh (1908-2002)
was born in Armenia in 1908. His photographer uncle, George Nakash,
brought him to Canada in 1924. After apprenticing in Boston with
John H. Garo, Karsh settled in Ottawa in 1932, where he began his
professional career. By 1936 he was photographing visiting
statesmen and dignitaries, among them President Franklin
His December, 1941 portrait of a bull-doggish Winston Churchill,
symbolizing Britain’s wartime resolve brought Karsh international
attention. Among the most widely reproduced portraits in the
history of photography, ‘Churchill’ was also one of the first to
carry the famous "Karsh of Ottawa" copyright.
I met recently with Jerry Fielder, Curator and Director of the
Estate of Yousuf Karsh to talk about Karsh and the books that
contain his works.
Combine the human desire to know (Aristotle) with the joy found in good conversation (Montaigne) and a wish to share the results, and you have the idea behind why I host and produce The Biblio File.
"I want to learn as much as I can about 'the book,' and to communicate what I learn, to those who share my interest. The best way to do this, I figure - in addition to reading a lot - is to question and engage with authors, yes, but also book publishers, booksellers, book editors, book collectors, book makers, book scholars, book critics, book designers, book publicists, literary agents. Bibliophiles. People who, like me, love books."
The results are here for you to listen to.
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