Yousuf Karsh: American Portraits

Exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery :
May 2, 2014 - November 2, 2014

In celebration of a major gift to its collection of more than 100 portraits created by renowned photographer Yousuf Karsh (1908–2002), this exhibition featured iconic photographs of Americans who have distinguished themselves in fields as diverse as business, medicine, entertainment, politics and the arts. Among the portraits included were those of artist Georgia O’Keeffe, physician and virologist Jonas Salk, singer Marian Anderson, actress Grace Kelly, businesswoman Elizabeth Arden, architect I. M. Pei and first lady Eleanor Roosevelt. “Yousuf Karsh: American Portraits” was the museum’s first exhibition devoted entirely to the work of this internationally recognized portrait photographer, and was presented in two installations.

The curator of this exhibition was National Portrait Gallery Senior Curator of Photographs Ann Shumard.

Yousuf Karsh: American Portraitstravels to four locations in the U.S. from February 2018 through May 2019. Please see the tour itinerary below to learn if the exhibition is coming to a location near you. For more information about Yousuf Karshor other traveling exhibitions, please contact Marlene Harrison, Traveling Exhibitions Specialist, at 202-633-8287 or

Black and white photo of man in formal suit sitting

February 19, 2018 to May 20, 2018
Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum
Atlanta, GA

June 20, 2018 to September 16, 2018
The Dayton Art Institute
Dayton, OH

October 18, 2018 to January 20, 2019
Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami
Coral Gables, FL

February 8, 2019 to May 5, 2019
The Rockwell Museum
Corning, NY

• 48 black-and-white photographs
• Digital files for all exhibition texts, title graphic design, organizer credits, and logo
• Sample ideas of Portrait Gallery educational programming

Support Services
• Installation and display guidelines
• Portrait Gallery courier to oversee unpacking/packing and installation/deinstallation
• Press kit, including sample press release, press images, and captions with credits

Space Required:
• High security
• 5 to 7 footcandles required
• 70°F ±2; RH 50% ±5%

Fully booked

Participation Fee:
Please contact the museum for this information.

One-way shipping via Portrait Gallery-approved professional fine art shipper with dual driver, air-ride transit

View a complete list of the portraits: