Brilliant portraits by Yosuf Karsh

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Wow some iconic characters amongst them

 

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The correct spelling in the thread title should be Yousuf Karsh.

How thick am I? Don't even think about answering!!

 

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Thanks for posting this thread. I went to see the Karsh exhibition in London about 25 years ago and this is a great reminder of what an incredible photographer he was. I recall being very impressed with the print quality too, a 10 x 8 camera gives a certain type of image that digital still can't quite replicate. I particularly like the Peter Lorre portrait.

 

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Fantastic set

Looks like our own Camverton might have drawn some inspiration from Karsh.

After seeing Karsh's portrait of François Mauriac I was reminded of Camverton's Sir Adrian Boult



The above does no justice to the print that was published in the Wam album a couple of years ago

 
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Really impressive shots, can't beat a graet film camera, but I have to admit I didn't recognise quite a few folk.

 

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How inspirational!

Thank you for this Tillman!

Oh and yes!

I do have one of the original wam albums (I treasure it) and our own Camverton's photo is up to these standards!

IMO probably even more powerful!

 

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Blimey, I am deeply humbled that anyone remembered that picture - seriously, thank you.

Funny enough I'm not a great fan of the contrasty lighting style which he so often used! It can seem to be a case of inflicting a style on the sitter, although it does suit some of the more powerfully faced sitters. He did have a wonderful cast of sitters though.

as for my student effort, it was taken in Boults office by available light from a window beyond him on a rather dull day. The neg was underexposed and with a bit of flare and the only way to make anything of it was to print on grade 4. So it was a bit of a rescue job, which happily seems to be liked. Sometimes photography is as much about luck as careful planning and pre-visualisation.

 

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Blimey, I am deeply humbled that anyone remembered that picture - seriously, thank you. Funny enough I'm not a great fan of the contrasty lighting style which he so often used! It can seem to be a case of inflicting a style on the sitter, although it does suit some of the more powerfully faced sitters. He did have a wonderful cast of sitters though.

as for my student effort, it was taken in Boults office by available light from a window beyond him on a rather dull day. The neg was underexposed and with a bit of flare and the only way to make anything of it was to print on grade 4. So it was a bit of a rescue job, which happily seems to be liked. Sometimes photography is as much about luck as careful planning and pre-visualisation.
Isn't it just.

 

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I'd forgotten just how many of the great iconic pics he'd taken.I don't like warhol or bardot...both seem to have intruded their own ideas too much on him (maybe he was getting old then) but otherwise not a weakness in any of them, and looking at the reflections, simply shot too. I think I like Casal, Keller and Hepburn best. Thanks TK.

 

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