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Portrait in Light and Shadow: The Life of Yousuf Karsh Hardcover – February 20, 2008

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"'Writing with her customary flair and acuity, Maria Tippett has given us a marvellous portrait of Yousuf Karsh and his long and interesting career. She has also deepened our understanding of the role of photography in the cultural and artistic history of the twentieth century.' Margaret MacMillan, author of Peacemakers and Nixon in China."

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Maria Tippett is a cultural historian now living in British Columbia. She was senior research fellow at Churchill College, Cambridge, and has written biographies of the painter Emily Carr and of F. H. Varley.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; First Edition edition (February 20, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300136501
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300136500
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.8 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,419,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is all you could want and more in a biography.
Not only am I learning about Karsh the man, I'm learning about Karsh as a working photographer which is as if not more important to me. Amply illustrated. Maria Tippet hit it out of the park with this one.
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I have always loved the photography and portraits by Karsh. I only regret never making an appointment with him for my own portrait. Now that he has died I can only dream what that experience may have been. He was very approachable, and brilliant. This book covers allot of information, and at times a bit dry, but as a resource about the man and his long career, little is left out. Any student of Karsh should have this book in their collection.
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This book gives a fantastic portrait of Yousuf Karsh, a man who was by his own ability as a photographer create an image and business as one of the great portrait photographers of Canada/America. He utilized light and props as well as directing his subjects and then in the dark room the work began to create the perfect picture. His use of accomplished staff assisted greatly in his success unlike in my view the greatest of all portrait photographers, Jane Bowm of England who used very basic equipment and natural light where possible. As a black & white photographer using modern digital cameras I find the experience and techniques of people the like of Karsh, gives me the inspiration to achieve a greater standard in my own work and to learn from them how approach my subjects with confidence to obtain that PORTRAiT.

Raymond Horsey
Gladesville NSW
AUSTRALIA
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