Canadian, born Armenia,
19 3/4 in. x 15 7/8 in. (50.17 cm x 40.32 cm)
Medium and Support:
Gelatin silver print on paper
Gifted to the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts by Mrs. Yousuf Karsh in honor of Museum Director, Mark M. Johnson
© Estate of Yousuf Karsh
Buckminster Fuller (1895–1983)
Fuller is best known for his Dymaxion (i.e., dynamic maximum tension) house and car, and the geodesic dome, which is based on the synergistic principle of tensegrity. Tensegrity is the balance of forces of tension and compression. Fuller wrote more than 30 books and coined the term “Spaceship Earth.” He observed no boundaries between science and art and believed deeply in the designer’s responsibility to address poverty and the growing population of the world. Such noble sentiments were surely admired by Karsh, who sought to portray the most heroic men and women of his day.