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Image of Frank Lloyd Wright

Yousuf Karsh
Canadian, born Armenia, 1908–2002

Frank Lloyd Wright


Object Type: Photograph
15 3/4 in. x 19 1/8 in. (40.01 cm x 48.58 cm)
Medium and Support: Gelatin silver print on paper
Accession Number: 1996.0005.0012

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

Frank Lloyd Wright (1867–1959) When Karsh first photographed the most famous architect of the twentieth century in New York in 1946, he posed with a fashionable, lit cigarette in hand. When Karsh made this portrait at Taliesin West in 1954, Wright had stopped smoking and complained, “I shall never live that portrait down.” Three years after Wright died, Karsh published In Search of Greatness and told about one of Wright’s students who purchased a 1946 portrait from Karsh and sent it to Wright for his autograph. Wright signed it—and cut the cigarette from the photo.

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