Yousuf Karsh

I really can't stop to think about photography, i've found an incredible world where i'm getting lost. I'm totally amazed by the pictures i see here in G+.
Still i believe here we are just a niche of the big world of photography, so this evening i've started a small research about the most influential photographers ever, the ones who changed our perception of the world, the ones who made history.

I won't start with Ivo Jima Flags, or V-J Kisses, or Moonrises, bit with some big faces that changed our history. I've seen those pictures hundred of times, just today i've learned the name of their author: Yousuf Karsh

Yousuf Karsh, CC (December 23, 1908 – July 13, 2002) was a Canadian photographer of Armenian heritage, and one of the most famous and accomplished portrait photographers of all time.

“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.”

“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 try to photograph people's spirits and thoughts. As to the soul-taking by the photographer, I don't feel I take away, but rather that the sitter and I give to each other. It becomes an act of mutual participation.”

“Character, like a photograph, develops in darkness.”

“Look and think before opening the shutter. The heart and mind are the true lens of the camera.”

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