Yousuf Karsh, ‘John Steinbeck’, 1954, Photography, Silver gelatin print, Jackson Fine Art
Save
Save
View
View in room
Share
Share

Yousuf Karsh

John Steinbeck, 1954

Silver gelatin print
28 × 22 in
71.1 × 55.9 cm
Contact For Price
Location
Atlanta
Have a question? Visit our help center.
Want to sell a work by this artist? Consign with Artsy.
Medium
Signature
Signed in ink recto; Signed, titled, and dated in pencil verso
Yousuf Karsh
Armenian, 1908–2002
Follow

In his compassionate, elegant portraits of the leading figures of the 20th century—among them Pablo Picasso, Georgia O’Keeffe, Winston Churchill, Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Kennedy, Muhammad Ali, and Albert Einstein—photographer Yousuf Karsh captured both the private personality and public persona of his sitters. By carefully posing and sensitively lighting his subjects, Karsh strived to highlight distinctive features that would convey a sense of their individuality and inner life. The decisive moment for him—and the moment when he would release the camera’s shutter—was when his subject’s public mask was lifted, if only fleetingly. As he wrote: “The endless fascination of these people for me lies in what I call their inward power. It is part of the elusive secret that hides in everyone, and it has been my life’s work to try to capture it on film.”

Yousuf Karsh, ‘John Steinbeck’, 1954, Photography, Silver gelatin print, Jackson Fine Art
Save
Save
View
View in room
Share
Share
Medium
Signature
Signed in ink recto; Signed, titled, and dated in pencil verso
Yousuf Karsh
Armenian, 1908–2002
Follow

In his compassionate, elegant portraits of the leading figures of the 20th century—among them Pablo Picasso, Georgia O’Keeffe, Winston Churchill, Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Kennedy, Muhammad Ali, and Albert Einstein—photographer Yousuf Karsh captured both the private personality and public persona of his sitters. By carefully posing and sensitively lighting his subjects, Karsh strived to highlight distinctive features that would convey a sense of their individuality and inner life. The decisive moment for him—and the moment when he would release the camera’s shutter—was when his subject’s public mask was lifted, if only fleetingly. As he wrote: “The endless fascination of these people for me lies in what I call their inward power. It is part of the elusive secret that hides in everyone, and it has been my life’s work to try to capture it on film.”

Yousuf Karsh

John Steinbeck, 1954

Silver gelatin print
28 × 22 in
71.1 × 55.9 cm
Contact For Price
Location
Atlanta
Have a question? Visit our help center.
Want to sell a work by this artist? Consign with Artsy.
Other works by Yousuf Karsh
Other works from Jackson Fine Art
Related works
Get the Artsy iOS app
Discover, buy, and sell art by the world’s leading artists
To download, scan this code with your phone’s camera