Sunday, March 15, 2009

Radio Report #1: Yousuf Karsh and His Heroes

The Art Institute of Chicago has organized an exhibition that focuses on Yousuf Karsh. Karsh is responsible for some of the 20th century’s most famous photographic portraits of celebrities and public figures. Among them: Audrey Hepburn, Ernest Hemingway, Georgia O’keeffe, Albert Einstein, Christian Dior, Marian Anderson and many others.

The exhibition, called “Regarding Heroes” showcases 103 photographs chosen from a set of more than 200 master prints. Estrellita Karsh, the great photographer’s widow, presented these photographs to the Art Institute of Chicago as a gift.

As a young boy Karsh, a native of Armenia, was forced to move from his homeland after the Armenian Genocide of 1915. He settled in Ottawa, Canada.

In 1941, after nine years as a struggling young photographer in Ottawa, Karsh captured the unforgettable image of Winston Churchill, The British Prime Minister. That picture became known as “the roaring lion.” This photograph is claimed to be the most reproduced photographic portrait in history.

Regarding Heroes displays this and many other photographs of numerous luminaries and will be on view from January 22 to April 26, 2009.

Reporting for Depaul Radio this is Ruzanna Tantushyan

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