Nicholas Metivier Gallery

YOUSUF KARSH (1908-2002)

1908 Born in Mardin, Armenia
1925 Emigrated from Syria to Canada
1992-2002 Resides in Boston, Massachusetts


1997 Jerusalem Prize for Arts and Letter, Bazalel Academy
1995 Presented to the Combined Houses of the Canadian Parliament by the Speaker of the House of Commons
1991 Gold Medal of Merit, National Society of Arts and Letters, USA
1990 Companion of the Order of Canada
Master of Photography Award, International Center of Photography, NYC
1989 Medal of Merit, from the Lotos Club, New York
Gold Medal of the Americas Society for furthering Canadian-American understanding
Creative Edge Award, given by the New York university and TIME, Inc.
Doctor of Humane Letters, Yeshiva University, New York City
1986 Doctor of Fine Arts, Syracuse University
1983 Silver Shingle, Boston University School of Law
1981 Doctor of Fine Arts, Tufts University
1980 Achievement of Life Award of the Encyclopedia Britannica
Doctor of Fine Arts, University of Hartford
1979 President’s Cabinet Award, University of Detroit
Doctor of Fine Arts, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
1975 Medal of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts
1973 Bachelor of Professional Arts, Brooks Institute of Photography, Santa Barbara, California
1970 Master of Photographic Arts, Professional Photographers of Canada
1969 Doctor of Civil Law, Bishop’s University, Lennoxville, Quebec
Canada Council Medal
1968 Medal of Service of the Order of Canada, and the Centennial Medal
  Doctor of humane Letters, Emerson College, Boston
Doctor of Law, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario
Doctor of Law, Carleton University, Ottawa
Doctor of Humane Letters, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire
Doctor of Humane Letters, Ohio University
Doctor of Humane Letters, Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick
Honorary Degree, Dawson College, Montreal
Trustee of Photographic Arts and Sciences foundation, USA
Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain


2013 Yousuf Karsh: American Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC
Yousuf Karsh: Icons of the 20th Century, Mona Bismarck American Center for Art & Culture, Paris
2011 Karsh: Regarding Heroes, Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Alberta
Portrait Maestro: KARSH, Sejong Center, Seoul, S. Korea
2010 The Most Famous People in the World: Karsh 100, Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY
Yousuf Karsh and Edward Steichen: The Art of the Celebrity Portrait, McCord Museum, Montreal, Canada
2009 Yousuf Karsh: Regarding Heroes, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois (traveling exhibition)
Karshed: Yousuf Karsh Selected Portraits, The McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, ON
Karsh 100: Faces of Our Time, Seoul Art Center, Korea
Karsh: Image Maker, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton
2008 Karsh 100: A Biography in Images, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Tribute to Karsh’s 100th Birthday, National Portrait Gallery, London
Yousuf Karsh: Industrial Images, Art Gallery of Windsor, Canada (traveling exhibition)
Portrait Photographs by Yousuf Karsh, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama
In the Public Eye: Photography and Fame, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri
In the Company of Artists, The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Michigan
2007 Yousuf Karsh Photographs, Kresge Museum, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
Yousuf Karsh: Portraits, Canadian Cultural Centre, Paris, France
2006 Yousuf Karsh: Portraits, Theatre de la Photographie de l’Image, Nice, France
2004 Yousuf Karsh: Industrial Photographs, Art Gallery of Windsor, Ontario, Canada (traveling exhibition)
2003 Karsh Portraits: Legends, Naples Museum of Art, Naples, Florida
Yousuf Karsh: Through the Lens, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff, Canada
2000 Yousuf Karsh: Heroes of Light and Shadow, Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin
Karsh, Nagpoya / Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Nagoya, Japan
1999 Karsh: Faces of the Twentieth Century, National Portrait Gallery of Australia, Canberra
1998 Karsh in London, Canada House, London
90th Birthday Celebration 24-Portrait Exhibition, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
1992 American Legends, International Centre of Photography, New York (traveled)
1991 British Personalities – A Tribute Exhibition, National Portrait Gallery, London
1989 Karsh: The Art of the Portrait, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa (traveled)
1988 Karsh: A Birthday Celebration, Barbican Centre of London (traveled)
1983 Karsh: A Fifty-Year Retrospective, International Centre of Photography, New York (traveled)
Celebration of Karsh’s 75th birthday, Museum of Photography, Film and Television, Bradford (traveled)
1967 Faces of Our Time, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Men Who Make Our World, Montreal World’s Fair
1959 Karsh Photographs, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
1958 Portraits by Karsh, Brussels World’s Fair
1953 Karsh, Ford of Canada, Oakville (travelled)
1952 Karsh Photographs, N.W. Mutual Exhibition at Layton School of Art, Milwaukee
Men Who Make Atlas Steel, Charles Francis Press Gallery, New York (traveled)
Karsh Portraits, Art Institute, Chicago
1951 The Men of Ford Canada, Canadian National Exhibition, Toronto (traveled)
1938 Selected Photographs, T. Eaton Company, Toronto; Chateau Laurier Hotel, Ottawa


  Library and Archives of Canada
Portrait Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
National Portrait Gallery, London
Art Institute of Chicago
Bibliotheque nationale de France, Paris
Detroit Institute of Arts
Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin
George Eastman House, Rochester, New York
Huntington Library, San Marino California
International Centre of Photography, New York
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Museum of Modern Art, New York
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
National Gallery of Canada
National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
National Portrait Gallery of Scotland
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art, Providence, Rhode Island
The Royal Library, Windsor Castle, England


2013 Stern Portfolio No. 71 - Yousuf Karsh, A comprehensive collection that pays tribute to the leading portraitist of the 20th century. Published by TeNeues, Germany, 2013
2012 Karsh: Beyond the Camera, Introduction and commentary by David Travis
Published by David R. Godine, Boston, 2012
2009 Yousuf Karsh: Regarding Heroes, Selected, with an essay, by David Travis
Biographical sketches by Patricia Kouba. Published by David R. Godine, Boston, 2009
2007 Yousuf Karsh: Industrial Images, Commentary by Cassandra Getty and Jerry Fielder. The Art Gallery of Windsor
2003 Yousuf Karsh: Heroes of Light and Shadow, Edited by Dieter Vorsteher and Janet Yates. English catalogue for the exhibition, Yousuf Karsh: Heroes of Light and Shadow at the Deutschen Historischen Museum, Berlin. Stoddart Publishing Company, Ltd. (Toronto)
Karsh, A Biography in Images, Commentary by Jerry Fielder. MFA Publications, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
2001 Yousuf Karsh: Helden aus Licht und Schatten, Herausgegeben von Dieter Vorsteher und Janet Yates.German catalogue for the exhibition: Yousuf Karsh: Heroes of Light and Shadow at the Deutschen Historischen Museum, Berlin. Deutschen Historischen Museum (Berlin)
2000 Karsh, Introductions by: Toru Asano, Director, Nogoya Museum of Fine Arts; and, Malcolm Rogers, Director Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Catalogue, in Japanese, of Karsh Exhibition at the Nogoya Museum of Fine Arts. Museum of Fine Arts, Nagoya, Japan
1996 Karsh: A Sixty-Year Retrospective, Little, Brown and Company (Boston, U.S. Edition) Little Brown and Company (Toronto, Canadian Edition)
1992 Karsh: American Legends, Bulfinch Press (Boston)
1989 The Art Of The Portrait, James Borcoman, Curator of Photographs, National Gallery of Canada. Catalogue for exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada. National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa)
1978 Karsh Canadians, University of Toronto Press (Toronto)
1976 Karsh Portraits, New York Graphic Society (Boston) and University of Toronto Press (Toronto)
1971 Faces of Our Time, University of Toronto Press (Toronto)
1967 Karsh Portfolio, University of Toronto Press (Toronto) and Thomas Nelson and Sons (New York)
1964 The Warren Court, By John P. Frank with Photographs by Yousuf Karsh
The Macmillan Company (New York)
1962 In Search of Greatness, University of Toronto Press (Toronto) and Alfred P.Knopf, Inc. (New York)
These Are The Sacraments, with Bishop Fulton J. Sheen,  Hawthorn Books Inc. (New York)
1960 Yousuf Karsh and John Fisher See Canada, with John Fisher, Thomas Allen (Toronto)
1959 Portraits of Greatness, University of Toronto Press (Toronto) and Thomas Nelson and Sons (New York)
This Is Rome, with Bishop Fulton J. Sheen and H. V. Morton
Hawthorn Books, Inc. (New York)
This Is The Holy Land, with Bishop Fulton J. Sheen and H. V. Morton Hawthorn Books, Inc. (New York)
1949 This Is Newfoundland, Edited by Ewart Young with Portraits by Yousuf Karsh
The Ryerson Press (Toronto, Halifax, Vancouver)
1946 Faces of Destiny, Ziff-Davis Publishing (Chicago) and George G. Harrap (London)