Karsh: American Legends: Photographs and Commentary (Springs of Achievement Series on the Art of Photography)

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To millions of people the world over, Karsh is synonymous with the best in portrait photography. This book is a collection of pictures covering every imaginable profession and talent - from statespeople (Henry Kissinger, Sandra Day O'Connor) to business moguls (Walter Annenberg, David Rockefeller) from performing artists (Leonard Bernstein, Dizzy Gillespie, Jim Henson, Judith Jamison) to luminaries of the visual arts (Leo Castell, Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol). Also featured are people from the worlds of fashion, publising, sport, military and the theatre.

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With a memorable portrait style perhaps best exemplified by his photo of a doggedly defiant Winston Churchill during WW II, and the equally distinctive professional title Karsh of Ottawa, Armenian-Canadian photographer Yousuf Karsh has dominated the conventional personal-portrait field in North America for half a century. He long combined strong, balanced frontal lighting with limited backlight that outlined his subject, creating an effect so readily identifiable that few imitated it. More recently, as in his celebrity portraits collected here, he uses lighting as a dramatic variable, along with limited props, background and educed facial expression, to interpret character. As "legends," the personages seen here transcend in reknown their specialties--playwright Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Miller, activists Cesar Chavez and Mother Hale, Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown and entertainer-philosophers Jim Henson and Kermit the Frog, to name a few.
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From Library Journal:

Karsh is a superb portrait photographer. For 60 years, with a soul-searching clarity that springs from his respect for his subjects, he has given us images of famous people. This large-format volume includes American "legends," whom Karsh describes as "people who are part of our shared memory . . . supreme masters in their fields." Each photo is enhanced by Karsh's recollection of its circumstance. This book serves two purposes: It offers notable examples of portrait photography as art, and its photographic portraits of 73 celebrities from the arts, the media, and public life make it a visual who's who. Recommended for most libraries.
- David Bryant, Belleville P.L., N.J.
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