Selected, with an essay, by David Travis and biographical sketches by Patricia Kouba.
Boston. David R. Godine. 2009. First Edition. Clothbound, dust jacket. 191 pages. Over 100 b&w plates reproducing Karsh's photographic portraits. 325 x 255mm (12¾ x 10"). 1.7kg. 9781567923599. English. Fine.
Yousuf Karsh (1908-2002) was one of the greatest portrait photographers of the twentieth century. He was propelled into the spotlight in the 1940s when he shot the unforgettable image of Winston Churchill that became known as "the roaring lion". His honest and dignified portraits meant he was the preferred photographer of royalty and politicians, as well as artists, writers and intellectuals.
This finely produced book is now scarce. It contains a detailed essay on his life and work and then a selection of his finest portraits, including those of Winston Churchill, Noel Coward, George Bernard Shaw, H. G. Wells, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Jean Sibelius, Albert Einstein, Benjamin Britten, Christian Dior, Audrey Hepburn, Brigitte Bardot, Pablo Picasso, John Steinbeck, Indira Gandhi, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Rainier III and Princess Grace, John and Jacqueline Kennedy, Ernest Hemingway, Jawaharlal Nehru, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Nikita Khrushchev, Fidel Castro, Muhammad Al and many more. Also present are short biographies of the sitters.