About Yousuf Karsh Yousuf Karsh was a master at portrait photography. Karsh was born in 1908 in Armenia but at the age of 14, he moved to Canada to live with his uncle George Nakash, a photographer. Karsh attended school there briefly and assisted in his uncle’s studio. Karsh showed great talent into photography and was sent to study as an apprentice for John H. Garo, an eminent portrait photographer. Karsh returned to Canada and in 1932 he opened his own studio in Ottawa.
Yousuf Karsh’s Lighting Karsh was a master in the use of studio lights. One of Karsh’s distinctive practices was lighting the subject’s hands separately. He photographed many of the great and celebrated personalities of his generation. Journalist George Perry wrote in London’s Sunday Times that "when the famous start thinking of immortality, they call for Karsh of Ottawa.”