Yousuf Karsh's lifelong ambition was to search for a
form within a face, one that could become a symbol for a
life that was purposeful, meaningful, and generally virtuous.
"I speak with some experience when I say that I have rarely left
the company of accomplished men and women without feeling
that they had in them real sincerity, integrity yes, and sometimes vanity of course and always a sense of high purpose."
In his sixty-year career, he seldom wavered from this goal, even
when fame and fortune came his way. Nor did he discard his
trademark variations in lighting style that he perfected in the
late 1940s. Unchanging, too, was his genius at capturing the
ephemeral expressions that would reveal his sitter's psychology,
those fleeting disclosures of character and purpose his
famous sitters trusted him to expose.