Helen Keller with Polly Thompson / Yousuf Karsh

Helen Keller with Polly Thompson / Yousuf Karsh

Dates: 1948

Materials include one 1982 silver-gelatin print of Yousuf Karsh's 1948 photograph of Helen Keller and Polly Thompson.

  • Extent: 1 photograph (0.01 linear ft.) : b&w ; 61 x 75.5 cm
  • Creator: Karsh, Yousuf, 1908-2002
  • Call Number: MSS 8625
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; Photograph Archives; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
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Technical Requirements
Kept in cold storage; access requires 24 hours advance notice.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Helen Keller with Polly Thompson / Yousuf Karsh must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 8625; Helen Keller with Polly Thompson / Yousuf Karsh; Photograph Archives; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 8625, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Materials were purchased by L. Tom Perry Special Collections from Andrew Smith Gallery, Inc. in 2014.
Acquisition Information
Purchased; from Andrew Smith Gallery, Inc.; 2014.
Subject Terms
Photographs; Material Types; Images; Karsh, Yousuf, 1908-2002; Keller, Helen, 1880-1968
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Processing Information
Processed; Anne Ashton, student photograph processor; 2014.
Appraisal Information
Photographs (Photograph Archives).
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Finding Aid Title
Helen Keller with Polly Thompson / Yousuf Karsh
Finding Aid Author
Anne Ashton
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2015-04-13 15:13:35 -0600.
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Biographical History

Yousuf Karsh (1908-2002) was a Turkish-born Canadian portrait photographer.

Yousuf Karsh was born 23 December 1908 in Madin, Turkey. He immigrated to Canada in 1924 to live with his uncle, George Nakash, a photographer in Sherbrooke, Quebec. He assisted his uncle in his studio before being apprenticed to John Garo, a portrait photographer in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1928. In 1931, he started working with John Powls in Ottawa, Ontario. Karsh took over Powls’s studio when Powls retired in 1933 and his first solo exhibition took place in 1936 in the Chateau Laurier hotel. Karsh moved his studio to this same hotel in 1973 and remained there until he retired in 1992. Karsh gained prominence with his 1941 portrait of Winston Churchill and was known throughout his career for his portraits of other prominent and powerful individuals, including Queen Elizabeth II, Ernest Hemingway, Fidel Castro, John F. Kennedy, Eleanor Roosevelt, Albert Einstein, Audrey Hepburn, and Grace Kelly. He married Estrellita Nachbar, a medical writer and historian in 1962. He returned to Boston in the 1990s and died there on 13 July 2002.

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