Portrait of painter Magritte with his painting by Bill Brandt.
World’s Most Famous Portrait
Winston Churchill by Yousef Karsh
This portrait of Churchill is probably the most famous portrait ever produced after the WWII ended. It was taken in December, 1941 in Ottawa by Karsh of Ottawa, after Churchill gave a speech to Canadian House of Commons in Ottawa. The first photographed Karsh took after he plucked the cigar from Churchill’s mouth become the most famous portrait of Churchill and the second one, where Churchill is smiling was less memorable.
Karsh asked Churchill to remove the cigar in his mouth, but Churchill refused. Karsh walked up to Churchill supposedly to get a light level and casually pulled the signature cigar from the lips of Churchill and walked back toward his camera. As he walked he clicked his camera remote, capturing the ‘determined’ look on Churchill’s face, which was in fact a reflection of his indignantcy. Karsh recounted: “I stepped toward him and without premeditation, but ever so respectfully, I said, ‘Forgive me, Sir’ and plucked the cigar out of his mouth. By the time I got back to my camera, he looked so belligerent he could have devoured me. It was at that instant I took the photograph. The silence was deafening. Then Mr Churchill, smiling benignly, said, ‘You may take another one.’ He walked toward me, shook my hand and said, ‘You can even make a roaring lion stand still to be photographed.’”
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Famine in East Africa. Rebecca Blackwell took a photo of two-year-old, Aden Salaad, looks up toward his mother, unseen, as she bathes him in a tub at a Medecins Sans Frontieres hospital, where Aden is receiving treatment for malnutrition, in Dagahaley Camp, on July 11, 2011. Officials warn that 800,000 children could die of malnutrition across the East African nations of Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Kenya. Here’s how we can help them.
Baby on Cucumber Machine, Kent County, Ontario, Canada. Photo by Larry Towell.
Living Together in Paradise by Nguyen Manh Hung.
”I was born and raised for 20 years in an apartment block in the Vietnamese capital city of Hanoi. Contemporary thinking might see this urban structure as one that isolates people even while living at such close quarters. I experienced it more as a complex “village” stacked vertically rather than spread out horizontally. ”