Yousuf British Prime Minister. The photo was taken

Yousuf Karsh

Yousuf Karsh was an Armenian-Canadian photographer who was known for his
portraits of well known people. He was born on December 23, 1908 in Mardin, Turkey
which was still part of the Ottoman Empire. He was born during the Armenian genocide
and eventually he and his family escaped to a refugee camp in Aleppo, Syria and then
his family sent him to Canada. He left by ship from Beirut and went to Halifax, Nova
Scotia from there he immediately went to Sherbrooke, Quebec to live with his maternal
uncle. His uncle was a portrait photographer, Karsh worked under him and was given a
box brownie camera. He later left to Boston to be John H. Garo’s apprentice. At the time
John was one of America’s most well known Armenian photographers. He eventually
moved back to Ottawa and settled down opening his own studio in 1932 he would stay
in Ottawa until 1972 and by then he would be known as “Karsh of Ottawa” he was
famous for photographing “anyone who was anyone”. He was brought to fame in 1941
when he took a photo of Winston Churchill, The British Prime Minister. The photo was
taken in the chamber of the speaker of the house of commons in the Canadian
Parliament after Churchill gave a speech on WWII to the Canadian members of
parliament. The economist called the photo the “most reproduced portrait in the history
of photography” it has been acknowledged as the most iconic photo ever taken. That is
because people felt Churchill’s facial expression in the photo represented how the
British felt when facing the most powerful army of all time. The photo appeared on the
cover the May 21, 1945 issue of Life magazine. Following the success of the photo

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Karsh was propelled into international stardom. Karsh officially retired in June, 1992 and
moved to Boston in 1997 where he would eventually pass away on June 13, 2002.
Karsh was widely recognized as Canada’s most prominent portrait photographer and as
one of the greatest portrait photographers in general.

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