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A Fifty-Year Retrospective (Karsh) Hardcover – September, 1983

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This revised and updated portfolio includes nearly 200 images by the master portrait photographer. The best known faces of our time have been memorably "Karshed"--a glowering Churchill (his trademark cigar having been just snatched out of his mouth), a beaming Khruschev peeking out from a massive fur coat, a serene Helen Keller reading a book of Braille with quiet delight, a pensive Tennessee Williams at his typewriter, an impish Margaret O'Brien yanking at her pigtails. Karsh's portraits of fellow artists--especially sculptors and architects--are among his most sensitive and intuitive.
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Product Details

  • Series: Karsh (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 191 pages
  • Publisher: Little Brown and Company; Rev Sub edition (September 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821223348
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821223345
  • Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 11 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #632,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
A wonderful retrospective view of Karsh's most famous photographs.Most portraits are in black and white and capture rare insights of the most influential people in the arts, politics, academics and entertainment. All photographs are brilliantly reproduced, most in full page format. The comments by Karsh reveal personal insights adding a dimension of accessibility to the most revered in our century. There are also numerous excellently reproduced color portraits, which along with the black and white portraits, are reproduced in a wonderful satin finish. There are many portraits from the 40's and 50's including his most famous portrait of Winston Churchill and powerful portraits such as the back of Pablo Casals playing the cello in an austerely but masterfully lit setting.
This book is a genuinely beautiful work of art. It will bring joy to the young and old at heart and will prove to be one of those treasures which one is proud to cherish for generations.
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Format: Hardcover
This is a must have book for the portrait photographer. Or for anyone who just enjoys famous faces.Years of wonderful portrait studies of people we all know and admire. These portraits make us feel as if we are really getting to know these people up close. Such emotions are rare to be captured as still images. A SUCCESS in portraiture!!!
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Format: Hardcover
The book came to me from Bevinn Brien, Antiquarian Booksellers in Portland, ME, in about 3 days and is in perfect shape, better than advertised. But, most importantly, the book and images are wonderful. As a professional photographer, I am especially interested in the lighting used by Karsh. Having seen his work at the FMA in Boston, I needed more time to study each picture. The book was not available at the MFA bookstore nor would they back-order it. The images are never as good as the real print, but very close. I love the book and the service from Antiquarian. I am very happy with the transaction.
Joe Turner, Photographer
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The book was a gift and the delay in receiving it m ade it awkward. I especially resented the 3 week envelope that the vendor gave me, without any personal support until I wrote a poor review.
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