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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: MFA Publications (May 19, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0878466711
  • ISBN-13: 978-0878466719
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9.5 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #685,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By James R. Holland VINE VOICE on May 3, 2008
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This book contained many pleasant surprises. I've been a long time fan of Karsh since he was a guest lecturer at Ohio University in 1966 and flattered me by asking to have copies of some of the candid photographs I'd taken of him interacting with the students of the O.U. Art School. I still have some of the nice notes he sent me on his specially made stationary (which is mentioned in the book) framed and hanging on the walls of my office.
The surprises in this "biography in images" were of several varieties. Some of his virtually unknown earlier work was fascinating. His early portrait of his mentor Boston Portrait Photographer John H. Garo was but one example. Two other surprising images were of nudes: one from 1935 and the other three nudes entitled "Elixir, 1938" were from his experiment in optics and Surrealism. Numerous self-portraits from his early career included "Self-portrait in garden ball, 1930" and a 1952 portrait with him holding up and examining an 11 X 14 inch glass negative. In the book, it's across from a beautiful 1963 loving portrait of his second wife Estrellita.
One of my new favorite Karsh photos is a 1953 circular pattern picture called "Quebec City: Nun on steps in convent." I'd never seen any other Karsh image like it before. "Calgary: Stampede 1953," which appears to be some kind of dusty rodeo scene is also totally unlike any other picture I've ever seen by the famous photographer. It reminded me of Bill Allard's classic cowboy photo coverage.
A stunning photo of a workman eating his lunch while sitting atop huge rolls of unrolled paper that was unrolling off the press is called "Great Lakes Paper Co.: Man Eating Lunch 1953.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Van Den Elzen on March 25, 2010
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Karsh took some amazing portraits. This book shows an interesting selection of them and each photo is accompanied by a short anecdote. Nice print quality. I've been passing this book around to friends and family and every single one of them was amazed by the quality of his portraiture. Great and inspiring book, good value for money.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rick H. Green on October 7, 2011
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I really enjoy looking at masters of the art and Karsh was the best. The talent and effort is somewhat lost in the digital age. Good book.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jose Ernesto Passos on March 26, 2013
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When I think about photography, most of the time I am looking at the instruments (the cameras and lenses) and not the art in the pictures.
Only recently, I discovered Karsh (looking at his famous picture of Churchill!) I decided to look for some books on him and I bought this one.

It is great! Karsh has the ability of revealing the soul of his subjects! His pictures are works of art, the book is a great sample of the many pictures he took during his life.
I am amazed by the number of incredible people he photographed. He had an incredible life!! He photographed the XX century!

This book is a book to learn and enjoy.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DWF JR on June 5, 2013
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This a subvert book on a single photographer who has one acclaim through the United State, UK, and his homeland of Canada. I highly recommend it.Simply put Karsh is a n artist with his camera and lens. He also did a masterful job in the darkroom. While I own one of his images, I wish I was in a position to collect others. THis books serves as a handbook to collectors and a beautiful art book to others. Buy it!
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