Snapping at eternity and capturing life in small pixels is the fastest most efficient way to lie the truth.

 

He is not among the avedons, the mapelthorpes, the berssons, the baily's . he seems to me like the forgotten photographer, and that is just a shame.

 

 

You cant sell news stories that have data and cautious predictions. Where is the panic? Where is the impending doom? C'mon people , give me something to work with here…

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..and as I was a yuppy marketing and advertising executive for the better part
of a decade, I am not really impressed with stories of selling your soul to the devil...

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Yousuf Karsh - The expressionist

Character, like a photograph, develops in darkness.”
I have always liked yousuf karsh. He is a great photographer, one of the very best, and he was, at least from the codumentaries I saw and what I read about him a wise and gentle man, a symbol of another generation, humble hard working genearation.
 
It should be the aim of every photographer to make a single exposure that shows everything about the subject. I have been told that my portrait of Churchill is an example of this"
 

This is why I cringe when I talk to people and no one even heard his name. it is even more sad when this happens when I talk to photographers. Everybody knows his work, and when I show them some samples they all go 'ahhh. Yes, of course' but  you wouldn’t see his name in the trendy lists of great photographers or at least not in the place he deserves to be.

He is not among the avedons, the mapelthorpes, the berssons, the baily's . he seems to me like the forgotten photographer, and that is just a shame.

 
Within every man and woman a secret is hidden, and as a photographer it is my task to reveal it if I can.”
 

Karsh was one of the photographers that not only took his craft seriously, but understood that the technical part is not the important part of getting a good shot.

Look and think before opening the shutter.
The heart and mind are the true lens of the camera.”
 
Karsh shot some of the most known portraits that have become icons through the years, the most famous is churchill's of course, and the second being the amazingly expression filled photo of George Bernard shaw, where you can see the wit and sarcasm of shaw displayd in the softest human way.
 
I have found that great people do have in common an immense belief in themselves and in their mission. They also have great determination as well as an ability to work hard. At the crucial moment of decision, they draw on their accumulated wisdom. Above all, they have integrity.”
 

Karsh knew how to reach inside the person he shot and grab that ember of their being, without being too evident without being to obtrusive, without posing or even directing. I love that way of work and have tried to imitate that natural approach in my portraits.

The fact I love most about the simple harmonious work he produced is the fact that he shot some of the most famous and powerful people in the world, and they all came out human, each bringing his story to the photo but it seems as if their egos were left out of the frame, like they knew somehow it was just not relevant with a photographer like karsh, and that there is no use in trying to pretend. He didn’t only made portraits that touch you, he made portraits that touched the sitter, and you can see that.

 

I've also seen that great men are often lonely. This is understandable, because they have built such high standards for themselves that they often feel alone. But that same loneliness is part of their ability to create.”

 

I  can say without doubt that when it comes to portraits, karsh is the guy to learn from. Bailey is great, leaibovitz is amazing and there are many good photographers out there, but yousuf karsh? He is something else. He is a true master, and on so many levels.

 
There is a brief moment when all there is in a man's mind and soul and spirit is reflected through his eyes, his hands, his attitude. This is the moment to record.”