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Photographs by Yousuf Karsh (1908–2002)

August 01 through August 08, 2010

By the time of his retirement in 1992, more than 15,000 people had been the subjects of Yousuf Karsh’s portraits.  Not all of his sitters were famous, but Karsh made his reputation by crafting the iconic images of household names.  His technical mastery of lighting and printing enabled him to produce remarkable portraits with rich, velvety blacks, clear, strong whites, and a complete tonal range in between. Over the next few months, many of the master’s best-known works will be displayed in a series of small exhibitions in the Williamson Gallery and adjacent Orientation Lobby. Artists, Architects, Designers, and Dancers will be featured in back-to-back exhibitions February 6 through April 4 and April 10 through June 6.  Picasso, Giacometti, Chagall, Disney, Steichen, O’Keeffe, Warhol, and Nureyev will be joined by Man Ray, Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright and others.The Karsh series will conclude with Presidents, Princes, a Pope and More June 12 through August 8.  Large black and white images of Truman,Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Reagan impeccably printed under Karsh’s direction will hang adjacent to portraits of European royalty—Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip, Princess Grace and Prince Ranier.  The exhibition will also include group portraits the Apollo XI crew, and one of Hellen Keller and her companion Polly Thompson.

Organized by the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama.

Photography of installation at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts