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Image of Carl Sandburg

Yousuf Karsh
Canadian, born Armenia, 1908–2002

Carl Sandburg


Object Type: Photograph
20 in. x 16 in. (50.8 cm x 40.64 cm)
Medium and Support: Gelatin silver print on paper
Accession Number: 2013.0005.0059

Credit Line: Gift of Estrellita Karsh, in honor of Mark M. Johnson, and in memory of Yousuf Karsh
Copyright: © Estate of Yousuf Karsh

Carl Sandburg (1878–1967) The American poet, journalist, and biographer worked for the Chicago Times and Daily News, beginning research for his Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of Abraham Lincoln after earning recognition for his poetry. His lifelong affection for Chicago is reflected in that poetry, for which he won a Pulitzer Prize in 1951. This portrait was done in Karsh’s New York studio. Karsh remarked that Sandburg—with his rough and worn face and white hair cascading over his eyes—looked like a self-made man and that the poverty of his youth was clearly written on his face and expressed in his speech.

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