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Self-Portrait Studying a Just-developed Negative, Sparks Street Studio, Ottowa / Yousuf Karsh

Self-Portrait Studying a Just-developed Negative, Sparks Street Studio, Ottowa / Yousuf Karsh

Dates: 1944

Materials include one photograph by Yousuf Karsh. The photograph is a self-portrait, depicting Karsh looking through a negative of a portrait of a man in profile. Materials dated 1944.

  • Extent: 1 photograph (0.01 linear ft.) : b&w ; 27.5 x 35.5 cm
  • Creator: Karsh, Yousuf, 1908-2002
  • Call Number: MSS 8627
  • 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.
Languages and Scripts
English
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 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 8627; Self-Portrait Studying a Just-developed Negative, Sparks Street Studio, Ottowa / Yousuf Karsh; Photograph Archives; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 8627, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Materials were purchased by L. Tom Perry Special Collections from Charles Schwartz Ltd. in 2014.
Acquisition Information
Purchased; from Charles Schwartz Ltd.; 2014.
Subject Terms
Fine Arts; Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Karsh, Yousuf, 1908-2002
Genre / Form
Portraits; Photographs
Processing Information
Processed; Anne Ashton, student photograph processor; 2014.
Appraisal Information
Photographs (Photograph Archives).
Finding Aid ID Number
UPB_MSS8627
Finding Aid Title
Karsh (Yousuf) Self-Portrait Studying a Just-developed Negative, Sparks Street Studio, Ottowa
Finding Aid Author
Anne Ashton
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2015-10-29 16:41:03 -0600.
Finding Aid Language
English
Biographical Info:

Biographical / Historical

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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