:NOT REALLY KIT its a book-hardback- Stern Portfolio:; –Yousuf Karsh-Set off seeing those superb old photos this week so have treated myself, Audrey Hepburn on cover. Spent much child years in wartime ARNHEM and lived through operation Market Garden she did.
Amazing the service from Amazon–three days on and recieved my book of Yousuf Karsh photo”s—easy my best £15″s worth in a long time. This is a very large hard back of quality packed with amazing photo”s of the well known of his era.Any one interested in portrait photography –for £15 this is a real treat.The full length one of Jaqui Kennedy– dressed to her usual elegeance with quite plain lighting–except for some minimal high lights catching her shoulder and cheek,and Peter Lorre with his frightening stare and trademark cigarette smouldering are exceptional. This book is packed with so many great portraits of the famous people of his time. Karsh did not easily stumble into portrait photography. As a child sent from his homeland because of the atrocities that he also witnessed, he was sent to a relative in Canada who was a photographer. He worked for several photographers and learnt the hard way.
Karsh’s portraits; many are very memorable and I showed some at a recent club meeting. I particularly like his picture of George Bernard Shaw. It hangs above the fireplace in Shaw’s Corner, his house near Stevenage. Shaw was himself a keen amateur photographer and did a few articles for AP, would love to see them. Many pictures in Shaw’s biography show him with his old screw-thread Leica.