Yousuf Karsh was born in Mardin, a city in the eastern Ottoman Empire (present Turkey). At the age of 16, his parents sent Yousuf to live with his uncle George Nakash, a photographer in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada. Karsh briefly attended school there and assisted in his uncle’s studio. Nakash saw great potential in his nephew and in 1928 arranged for Karsh to apprentice with portrait photographer John Garo in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. His brother, Malak Karsh, was also a photographer famous for the image of logs floating down the river on the Canadian one dollar bill.
Karsh returned to Canada four years later, eager to make his mark. In 1931 he started working with another photographer, John Powls, in his studio on the second floor of the Hardy Arcade at 130 Sparks Street in Ottawa, Ontario, close to Parliament Hill. When Powls retired in 1933, Karsh took over the studio. Karsh’s first solo exhibition was in 1936 in the Drawing Room of the Château Laurier hotel. He moved his studio into the hotel in 1973, and it remained there until he retired in 1992.
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 on 30 December 1941 when he photographed Winston Churchill, after Churchill gave a speech to Canadian House of Commons in Ottawa.
Yousuf Karsh portrait of Winston Churchill on cover of Life magazine.
The image of Churchill brought Karsh international prominence, and is claimed to be the most reproduced photographic portrait in history. In 1967, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada and in 1990 was promoted to Companion.
Decir fotografía es decir “magia”. Mi mayor alegría de pequeña era cuando mi padre, fotógrafo profesional, me permitía estar con él en el cuarto oscuro del laboratorio y me mostraba cómo aparecían lentamente en un papel blanco los rostros de las personas que había fotografiado en el estudio. Poco a poco a su lado aprendí todo el proceso químico de las emulsiones, el manejo de los diferentes tipos de cámaras y ampliadoras, el minucioso trabajo del retoque para conseguir esas imágenes que se convertían en la memoria histórica de cada familia.
Mi juguete favorito fue una vieja cámara de mi padre, con la que realicé mis primeras fotos en blanco y negro. Desde entonces el apasionante mundo de la fotografía me cautivó y no lo abandoné jamás.
La cámara no se separa de mi vida y sigue siendo mi fiel compañera en mis viajes para conocer otros mundos, otras culturas, otras personas y otros rostros donde también el dolor, el sufrimiento, la alegría y el amor han dejado sus huellas.
“Hijas de la arena”, un grito mudo en el desierto
My work is a combination of disciplines, such as portrait, editorial and reportage, among others. Constantly trying to capture fascinating moments that could be translate into beautiful, elegant pieces of art, tell stories and make them last forever.
Founder and Creative Director of P MAGAZINE (An aesthetic object-book designed as a collector´s edition, published annually) Created by design studio Face and Myself.
Also co-running the studio Porcelaine Project ( A Studio conformed by photographers that offers professional services for wedding photography )
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Ashley Lebedev is a 27 year old Fine Art Photographer, specializing in Conceptual Portraiture & Moodscapes. She’s also a writer and neoclassical or contemporary narratives often accompany her pieces. After briefly attending school for Commercial Photography, Ashley quickly chose to venture away from conventional photographic style and developed a taste for telling stories through her photographs.
“I want every piece I create to evoke a dormant memory or to relay a lingering message. I love drawing upon one’s own memories, by stirring them up a bit, or by recreating ideals that hit a sleeping chord within the viewer. Photography is my bittersweet journal & the visual aftermath of a fragmented life. I hope you enjoy these pieces of me. They are all there.”
Ashley currently resides in the United States and shoots exclusively on location, upon a 12 acre farm. Most of her work is created working with all natural light & organic elements found within nature, while placing a continued emphasis towards designing historical characters and fantasy worlds
Every so often an artist comes along who defies the easy labeling that curators and critics feel obliged to stick on everything under their rapacious gaze. In spite of lacking obvious inspirations and role models, these artists manage to create deeply felt, radical works that an extraordinary number of viewers respond to with fervor and pleasure.”
Karl-Peter Gottschalk, photography critic, on Joyce Tenneson
Tenneson is among the most respected photographers of our time, and has been described critically as “one of America’s most interesting portrayers of the human character.” Her work is a combination of portraiture and mythology-she is interested in discovering the archetypes of our being.
Tenneson’s work has been shown in over 150 exhibitions worldwide, and is part of numerous private and museum collections. Her photographs have appeared on countless covers for magazines such as: Time, Life, Entertainment Weekly, Newsweek, Premiere, Esquire and The New York Times Magazine. She is also a much sought-after portrait photographer with clients in Europe, Japan, and the United States.
Ms. Tenneson is the author of fifteen books. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the International Center of Photography’s Infinity Award, for best applied photography, and the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Professional Photographers of America. In addition, she has been named “Photographer of the Year” by the international organization, Women in Photography. A recent poll conducted by American Photo Magazine voted Tenneson among the ten most influential women photographers in the history of photography. Joyce lives and works in Rockport, Maine.
Tenneson’s portraits go beyond a surface recording of her subject’s likeness. Her signature-style images attempt to show the inner person who hovers behind the facade. Says Tenneson: “I want to allow others to reveal and celebrate aspects of themselves that are usually hidden. My camera is a witness. It holds a light up for my subjects to help them feel their own essence, and gives them the courage to collaborate in the recording of these revelations.”
Photographer, writer, artist, mad scientist extraordinaire.
When I’m not making art and photos, writing, or extraordinarily mad science-ing, you can find me:
Learning to code, trying my hand at urban gardening (and inadvertently killing unwitting victims), adventuring, and practicing my speed reading skills for book club meetings.
I am also a few other things:
Wordsmith for the Special/Creative Projects squad at Nordstrom; Co-Owner and Photographer at Max&Sam Photography (weddings + engagements); Art Director, Writer, and Photographer at Writ & Worn.
My name is Mahesh and I am from Chennai, India based Street Photographer. I started my photography journey in 2008 and took photographs of everything which I felt was beautiful. I shot macro, nature, landscape, etc. but it did not seem to satisfy me much. I then realized my interest was towards people photography and it soon became a passion. Most of my portraits are taken in the streets of India, with available ambient natural light. I strive to portray their inner heart and soul through the expressions in the eyes. I believe that through the subject’s eyes and expression, one can get a feeling of the person’s emotions, state of mind, happiness or sorrow. It is my goal to make portraits which will connect the viewers and the subjects directly.
My primary goal as an artist is to create a moment between me and the subject, no matter who or what it is, that reflects my own understanding of eternalness, no more and no less. I also do not offer commissioned work and follow only my own directions. Furthermore, my art is not politically motivated or socially critical, I’m only trying to create aesthetic images for the sake of aesthetics.
Joseph Guay was born in Lewiston, Maine in 1971, of French-Canadian descent. This self-taught photographer’s new series of work titled “Memory Portraits” consists of photographic images and video installations of selected peoples’ lives. The photographs are minimalist portraits, but the video installations embedded in the photographs are dynamic collections of memories and reality in which the subjects chose to reveal themselves to the viewer. When the footage is played back, the viewer sees the subject’s actual memories in chronological clips the same way the human mind records and recalls these pieces of reality. His work is included in the Sir Elton John Photography Collection and in the private collection of Evgeny Lebedev.