Ottawa

The man who framed the 20th century dies

World famous photographer Yousuf Karsh has died at the age of 93. He suffered complications following surgery in Boston where he retired in 1996.

World famous photographer Yousuf Karsh has died at the age of 93. He suffered complications following surgery in Boston where he retired in 1996.

The Turkish-born photographer came to Canada when he was 16. Karsh spent his career creating portraits of the most famous faces of the 20th century.

Portrait gallery director Lilly Kolton says Karsh and his photographs resonated with many people. "One tended to think of him as immortal, particularly since his portrait photography is immortal," says Kolton. "People tend to look at the portraits that were done, like Winston Churchill in 1941, and think Churchill is still like that."

In 1932, Karsh opened a studio in Ottawa.

His innovative techniques made him a legend in the world of photography. His subjects ranged from Albert Einstein to Mother Theresa to Bill Clinton.

Malak Karsh, Yousef's photographer brother died last year in Ottawa.

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