My father started me on photography when I was
eight. Years later as a student in Tokyo in 1970, I saw an exhibition
by Karsh of Ottawa.
The portraits were about three by four feet
in size! Larger than life. With no glass plates covering them, there was
no annoying reflective glare from lights. The detail and clarity of
the rich, deep blacks, whites and gray tones were amazing -- they
jumped out at you. The perfect moments captured in those photographs
held me enthralled. Fresh from months at Europe's finest museums poring
over paintings by great masters, I stood before those huge Karsh
portraits, mesmerized. Rightly or wrongly, I likened Karsh to the
Years later, I became a newspaper, wedding, and sometime portrait photographer -- never in the same league as Karsh.
Visions & Voices events: Yousuf Karsh: Festival of Film and Music.
- Yousuf Karsh: Hero of a thousand Faces through Words and Music
Thursday, September 30, 2010
With pianist Victoria Kirsch, mezzo-soprano Cynthia Jansen, and bass-baritone Cedric Berry, to celebrate the lives of Karsh's portrait subjects. A reception will follow.
- The Afterglow: A Tribute to Robert Frost
Thursday, October 7, 2010
The documentary combines stunning visuals and literary criticism, breathing new life into Karsh’s portrait of Frost. Following the screening, USC English professor Mark Irwin will present a discussion and poetry reading. A reception will follow.
- Karsh is History: Yousuf Karsh and Portrait Photography
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Documentary screening, accompanied by a discussion with USC photography professor Robbert Flick, with a reception to follow.
An additional event at Fisher Museum:
- Turning Paintings Into Poems: How Poets Look at Art
Thursday, October 28, 2010
A talk and reading by poet and arts writer Tom Healy. He will explore the history of the relationship between poetry and the arts, and how poets are responding to contemporary art today. Introduced by California Poet Laureate, USC Professor Carol Muske-Dukes.