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Title Karsh : The Searching Eye / by Harry Rasky
Published New York : Filmakers Library, 2009
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Description 1 online resource (streaming video file) (80 minutes)
Summary Yousef Karsh, a portrait photographer, became internationally famous when he photographed Winston Churchill in December,1941. Karsh recalled Churchill marching into the room scowling, " ... regarding my cameras as he might regard the German enemy." Karsh removed Churchill's cigar, the scowl deepened and he thrust his head forward belligerently. The image captured Churchill and the Britain of the time perfectly -- defiant and unconquerable, and may be the most reproduced photographic portrait in history. Over six decades, Karsh photographed famous, powerful and influential people: Marian Anderson, Ernest Hemingway, Fidel Castro, Albert Einstein, Dwight Eisenhower, Robert Frost, Carl Jung, Helen Keller, Pablo Picasso, Frank Lloyd Wright and many others. In this definitive biography, produced over 20 years ago but never released after it's broadcast on CBC, Karsh speaks of his work ethic and philosophy. We see how he interacts with the famed composer Leonard Bernstein before he captures the maestro's image for posterity.Karsh said "Within every man and woman a secret is hidden, and as a photographer it is my task to reveal it if I can ... In that fleeting interval of opportunity the photographer must act or lose his prize." This compassion, integrity and vision gave his portraits a universal appeal
Notes Title from resource description page (viewed August 17, 2015)
In English
Subject Karsh, Yousuf, 1908-2002.
Portrait photographers -- Canada -- Biography.
Genre/Form Documentary films.
Video recordings.
Form Streaming video
Author Rasky, Harry, 1928-2007, director