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Karsh: American Legends: Photographs and Commentary (Springs of Achievement Series on the Art of Photography) Hardcover – October, 1992

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From Publishers Weekly

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.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Series: Springs of Achievement Series on the Art of Photography (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Bullfinch Press; 1st edition (October 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821219065
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821219065
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 10 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,883,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I bought this book for the elegant portrait of Jessye Norman on the cover. I used to have the poster on my wall! All the portraits are well done, but what I'm most impressed by is the warmth and graciousness of the photographer as he speaks of each subject. His descriptions enrich each association I have as I view his portraits.
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This book is a 'must have' if you like Karsh and his work, and what photographer does not? A bargain at this price too.
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