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Image of Buckminster Fuller

Yousuf Karsh
Canadian, born Armenia, 1908–2002

Buckminster Fuller


Object Type: Photograph
19 3/4 in. x 15 7/8 in. (50.17 cm x 40.32 cm)
Medium and Support: Gelatin silver print on paper
Accession Number: 2009.0009.0002

Credit Line: Gifted to the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts by Mrs. Yousuf Karsh in honor of Museum Director, Mark M. Johnson
Copyright: © 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.

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