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Festival Karsh

Festival Karsh

July 14, 2009 18:00 ET

Legendary Canadian Photographer Yousuf Karsh Captured a "Roaring Lion"

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 14, 2009) - Note to editors: Two photos related to this press release are available on Marketwire's website.

Today, at an event held in the Speaker's Chambers, Mrs. Estrellita Karsh spoke about her late husband, legendary photographer Yousuf Karsh, and his famed "Roaring Lion" portrait of Sir Winston Churchill.

The Speaker's Chambers is the very location where Karsh captured Churchill in 1941, shortly after the British Prime Minister had addressed the joint houses of Parliament. The portrait immortalized Churchill's defiant stance against the enemy during the Second World War and catapulted Karsh onto the world stage of photography.

"Karsh's ambition to express the historical moment gave him the courage to pluck Churchill's cigar from his lips," said Dr. Lilly Koltun, Director General of the Portrait Gallery of Canada, a program of Library and Archives Canada. "Churchill's reaction has become the most iconic instant ever captured of that famous British face, and represents one of the most valuable images in the vast Karsh collection at Library and Archives Canada."

The event was part of Festival Karsh, a summer-long celebration marking the 100th anniversary of Karsh's birth. The Festival runs until September 13, 2009, and is a collaboration between the Canada Science and Technology Museum and the Portrait Gallery of Canada, a program of Library and Archives Canada. Visit festivalkarsh.ca for a full listing of programs and events.

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