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Yousuf Karsh snippet
Of the 100 people most notable people of the century, named by the International Who’s Who [2000], Karsh had photographed 51.
Yousuf Karsh
Yousuf Karsh (December 23, 1908 – July 13, 2002) was a Canadian photographer of Armenian birth, and one of the most famous and accomplished portrait photographers of all time.
Karsh was born in Mardin, a city in the southeast region of Turkey. At the age of 14, he fled with his family to Syria to escape persecution after the Armenian Genocide 6 years earlier. Two years later, his parents sent Yousuf to live with his uncle George Nakash, a photographer in Quebec, Canada.
He established a studio on Sparks Street in Ottawa, Ontario, close to Canada’s seat of government. Canadian Prime Minister Mackenzie King discovered Karsh and arranged introductions with visiting dignitaries for portrait sittings. Karsh's work attracted the attention of varied celebrities, but his place in history was sealed in 1941 when Winston Churchill came to Ottawa and was photographed by him.