This is a picture of a portrait hanging in the lobby of the Chateau Laurier. It is a portrait of Albert Einstein (14 March 1879 – 18 April, 1955), a theoretical physicist and humanist who is widely regarded as one of the most influential scientists of all time. The portrait was taken by Yousuf Karsh (1908-2002) who is considered one of the masters of 20th century photography. His body of work includes portraits of statesmen, artists, musicians, authors, scientists, and men and women of accomplishment. http://www.karsh.org
When I walked into the Chateau Laurier, I recognized Karsh’s work right away but was not aware of his history with the Chateau Laurier. In 1932, Karsh opened his studio in Ottawa on Spark Street, where he remained for 40 years. He moved to the Chateau Laurier in 1972. Karsh held his first public exhibition in the Château Laurier’s Drawing Room. Between 1972 and 1992, Karsh also used Suite 660 as his studio. In 1997, the Karshes moved to Boston and the following year, the hotel named Suite 358 the Karsh Suite in his honour. Karsh died in 2002.
I have converted this to black and white because I was having difficulty with the white balance. The room had many competing light sources. Unfortunately I also had to straighten this photo which resulted in cropping a corner of the portrait but I still think it works.
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