This exhibition, which received the 2010 CMA Award for Outstanding Achievement recognizing it as an exceptional museum project, is organized by the Portrait Gallery of Canada, a program of Library and Archives Canada, and the Canada Science and Technology Museum.
Karsh: Image Maker features celebrated and lesser known portraits; personal and business papers; published books and magazines; and studio and darkroom equipment. Many of the items have never been seen before in a public exhibition.
Karsh: Image Maker also breaks new ground by reaching out to a broad, multigenerational audience with interactive elements that introduce Karsh to a new and receptive public
Recognized as one of the leading portrait photographers of his time, Yousuf Karsh created compelling illusions through intensely crafted images and the stories he wove around them. While Karsh described simply capturing an elusive “moment of truth” in his photographs, his signature style was the result of many meticulous artistic and technical decisions. This exhibition showcases some of his most famous photographs, while exploring the work behind the scenes.
As the centrepiece of Ottawa’s Festival Karsh, the exhibition was on view at the Canada Science and Technology Museum from June to September 2009. From January to May 2010 it was exhibited at the Art Gallery of Alberta in Edmonton. It is now available to tour in a third and final venue until 2012.
For an interactive online preview of the exhibition, please visit: festivalkarsh.ca