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Karsh: A Fifty-Year Retrospective Hardcover – September, 1983
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From Publishers Weekly
An Armenian who immigrated to Canada as a child in 1924, Karsh is perhaps best-known for his portrait of an angered Winston Churchill, taken moments after the photographer plucked the prime minister's cigar from his mouth. That picture and 200 others are included here, and "even critics of Karsh's theatrical lighting style should be stirred by this dramatic cumulative portrait of a cultural lifetime," PW stated.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
There are figures from every walk of life - several categories and a great introduction. Also appreciate the little
notes alongside each image. The photographs are individual works of art. A lovely coffee table book to linger over and appreciate time and time again.
This is a large format, square-ish hardback which is designed to be used -- it isn't a mammoth "coffee table" book that ends up hurting your hands after ten minutes. The quality of the reproduction here is very good indeed with almost all of the images being full-page. The classic Karsh silvery highlights and deep blacks are shown to advantage.
I realize that the term "iconic" gets tossed around a lot, but these are genuinely iconic images which -- whether you know it or not -- have shaped your image of who Hemingway is, who Churchill is, who Einstein is, who Bogart is, and on, and on.
This is classic, formal, dramatic mid-century 20th century photography that -- for me anyway -- toggles between being grand and a little dated. However, there's lots of power in the photographic craft on display here and an unabashed enthusiasm for the power of the celebrity -- elements which have influenced the history of photography.
Book details: large hardback, red cloth over boards with white details, sewn binding, released with dustjacket, on glossy stock. 3.5 pounds.