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  • Ernest Hemingway, 1957
    Yousuf Karsh (Canadian, born Armenia, 1908–2002)
    Gelatin silver print

    13 7/16 x 10 11/16 in. (34.2 x 27.2 cm)
    Gift of Harry Kahn, 1986 (1986.1098.12)
    © Yousuf Karsh

    Yousuf Karsh, one of the greatest portrait photographers of the twentieth century, achieved a distinct style in his theatrical lighting. Karsh photographed many of the celebrated personalities of his time—Andy Warhol, Fidel Castro, Peter Lorre, Winston Churchill, Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Pablo Picasso, and Albert Einstein, among many others. One of Karsh's most famous photographs is this portrait of Ernest Hemingway taken in 1957. Recalling Hemingway as "a man of peculiar gentleness," Karsh displays his gift for capturing the essence of his subjects.

    This work of art also appears on Connections: Hemingway

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    Ernest Hemingway, 1957
    Yousuf Karsh (Canadian, born Armenia, 1908–2002)
    Gelatin silver print

    13 7/16 x 10 11/16 in. (34.2 x 27.2 cm)
    Gift of Harry Kahn, 1986 (1986.1098.12)
    © Yousuf Karsh


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