House of Anansi Press

The Life of Yousuf Karsh

Written by Maria Tippett

Published September 08, 2008 | ISBN 9780887848056
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Artists, Architects, Photographers

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448 pages | 9.000 in × 6.000 in
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About this book

The Life of Yousuf Karsh

Maria Tippett

The Life of Yousuf Karsh: Portrait in Light and Shadow tells, for the first time ever, the full story of how a young Armenian immigrant living in Ottawa in the 1930s became the most prominent portrait photographer of the twentieth century. Acclaimed biographer Maria Tippett was granted unprecedented access to the private section of the extensive Karsh archives, and interviewed family members and former colleagues of Karsh (1908-2002). Photographs by Karsh, including those of iconic figures such as Winston Churchill, Albert Einstein, Elizabeth Taylor, Pablo Picasso, John F. and Jacqueline Kennedy, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, and Bill and Hillary Clinton, are featured throughout the book.

The book was produced with the full cooperation of the Karsh estate, and reveals the consummate skill with which Yousuf Karsh built and maintained his reputation over six decades.

About the Author

Maria Tippett

Dr. Maria Tippett is one of Canada's most prominent cultural historians and the author of many books on art, culture, and history, including Emily Carr; Stormy Weather: F.H. Varley, a Biography; Bill Reid: The Making of an Indian; and Yousuf Karsh. Her books have won numerous awards, including the Governor General's Literary Award for Non-Fiction and the Sir John A. Macdonald Prize for Canadian History. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, she was for many years a Senior Research Fellow at Churchill College, Cambridge, and a member of the Faculty of History at Cambridge University. Maria Tippett lives with her husband, historian Peter Clarke, in British Columbia.