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Review of Karsh: Beyond the Camera

I recently reviewed a new book about the famed portrait photographer Yousuf Karsh.


Karsh’s portrait of Georgia O’Keefe. Image:lalumiereetlobscurite.com

Karsh arrived to Canada from Syria in 1925 and eventually set up in Ottawa, where he worked his connections in politics, eventually photographing Sir Winston Churchill, which made him world famous. For the last 18 years of his life, he lived in the Chateau Laurier, where you can still see some of his portraits hanging.


Karsh’s portrait of Ernest Hemingway, from back when celebrities still had dignity. Image: drgodine.com

I found the book to be most interesting in that it–perhaps inadvertently–showcases how old-fashioned ‘traditional’ photography, and especially celebrity portraiture now seems in our paparazzi culture.

Read my full review in Quill & Quire, HERE.

Buy the book HERE.

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