Canadian, born Armenia,
20 in. x 16 in. (50.8 cm x 40.64 cm)
Medium and Support:
Gelatin silver print on paper
Gift of Estrellita Karsh, in honor of Mark M. Johnson, and in memory of Yousuf Karsh
© Estate of Yousuf Karsh
Jacques Cousteau (1910–1997)
Cousteau pioneered undersea exploration after World War II, first through the development of the aqualung and then through its use in research and filmmaking. He created 120 documentaries for television and published 50 popular books. He made his first book, Silent World (1953), into a documentary film that won a Cannes Film Festival award (1956). The environmentalist observed a 40% decrease in sea life over two decades and warned, “the oceans are in danger of dying.” He founded the Cousteau Society for marine conservation, received a Presidential Medal of Freedom (1988), and was elected to the Académie française (1988).