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Yousuf Karsh: Portraits

Tuesday, May 12 – August 31, 2015
Embassy of Canada Prince Takamado Gallery

April 17, 2015

Winston Churchill
© Estate of Yousuf Karsh

Exhibition Announcement

The Embassy of Canada is pleased to present an exhibition of fifteen portraits by the legendary photographer, Yousuf Karsh in the Prince Takamado Gallery.

Yousuf Karsh (1908-2002), a Canadian of Armenian descent, is one of the masters of 20th century photography. He achieved worldwide fame when his 1941 portrait of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, taken in Ottawa, appeared on the cover of Life magazine. Photographer for 60 years to the famous, the powerful and the talented, he captured the images of statesmen, artists, musicians, authors, scientists, and men and women of accomplishment including Canadians Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Marshall McLuhan and Glenn Gould and U.S. President John F. Kennedy. Among the Japanese he photographed were Nobel Laureate and novelist, Yasunari Kawabata and famed film director, Akira Kurosawa and some of 'Living National Treasures' (Ningen Kokuho). His extraordinary and unique portfolio presents the viewer with an intimate and compassionate view of humanity.

"Portraits" features Mohammed Ali, Pablo Casals, Marc Chagall, Winston Churchill, Jacques Cousteau, Albert Einstein, Robert Frost, Ernest Hemingway, Helen Keller, Joan Miro, Georgia O'Keeffe, Pablo Picasso, Albert Schweitzer, George Bernard Shaw, and Jean Sibelius. The exhibition is a rare showing of fifteen original prints that are representative of Karsh's highly valued work.


Date: May 12 – August 31, 2015

  • Weekdays 10:00-17:30
  • Wednesdays 10:00-20:00 (10:00-17:30 on August 12 and 19)
  • Closed on weekends, May 18 and July 1

Place: Embassy of Canada Prince Takamado Gallery
(7-3-38 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo)

Admission: Free

Embassy of Canada, Public Affairs Section
Tel: 03-5412-6257

Media contact: Tel: 03-5412-6444

In cooperation with: Masanori Takahashi

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