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Walt Disney Origial Vintage Photo by YOUSUF KARSH

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Walt Disney
Original Vintage Photograph by YOUSUF KARSH

Date of Image:     1956
Date of Issue:     1956
Subject:     WALT DISNEY
Issuer:     Yousuf Karsh / Camera Press Ltd., London
Size:     8-1/4" x 10"

The most exquisite photograph ever taken of the immortal Walt Disney by one of the great masters of photography.   Simply breath-taking! 

Has original press release date stamps on the back the earliest being Dec 1962.  However, this photo was originally taken and produced in 1956. Also note the handwritten notation on back in the upper left "10-60".  Also, note the second press release stamp of December 16, 1966, the day after Walt Disney's untimely death from a sudden lung cancer diagnosis just a month earlier. . Apparently, this photo was chosen to honor that tragic event.    And I can't think of a better image to represent the man's glowing energy and exuberance for life...  Also has the Camera Press stamp on back along with Karsh's original credit snipe. .. 
 * See enlargeable images above and below.



"Within every man and woman a secret is hidden, and as a photographer it is my task to reveal it if I can. The revelation, if it comes at all, will come in a small fraction of a second with an unconscious gesture, a gleam of the eye, a brief lifting of the mask that all humans wear to conceal their innermost selves from the world. In that fleeting interval of opportunity the photographer must act or lose his prize." - Yousuf Karsh

The great Walt Disney is captured on this Vintage 1960 ORIGINAL Photograph by renowned portrait photographer Yousuf Karsh of Ottawa. Widely regarded as one of the greatest in portraiture, Karsh was a grandmaster when it came to studio lighting.  He photographed many of the great and celebrated personalities of his generation and his preferred tool of his trade was the bellows Calumet camera. What made Karsh special was his gift for capturing the essence of his subject in the instant of his portrait.

Karsh published an amazing 15 books on photography, which include brief descriptions of the sessions, during which he would ask questions and talk with his subjects to relax them as he composed the portrait. Some famous subjects photographed by Karsh include Muhammad Ali, Humphrey Bogart, Fidel Castro, Winston Churchill, Albert Einstein, Dwight Eisenhower, Clark Gable, Ernest Hemingway, Audrey Hepburn, Pope John Paul II, Grace Kelly, Jacqueline Kennedy, John F. Kennedy, Pablo Picasso, Pope Pius XII, George Bernard Shaw, Andy Warhol, and Frank Lloyd Wright.

Perhaps Journalist George Perry said it best when he wrote in the British paper The Sunday Times that "when the famous start thinking of immortality, they call for Karsh of Ottawa.".

Karsh was the 1st photographer recruited to "Camera Press of London" by founder Tom Blau in 1947. His works were issued  by the photographer as well as "Camera Press of London" when they were syndicated for newspaper and publication use at the time they were made. Karsh's vintage originals (made at the time period he took that subject's portrait and off the original Karsh negative) are EXTREMELY RARE and highly sought after. They are embedded in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Canada, New York's Museum of Modern Art and Metropolitan Museum of Art, George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, Bibliotheque nationale de France, the National Portrait Gallery in London,  the National Portrait Gallery of Australia and other private collections. .....An exceptional photo of The Man, The Brand & The Legend !

To find more about this great master photographer YOUSUF KARSH visit his Wiki page and read the interesting story about his experience photographing Winston Churchill! 

* YOUSUF KARSH original period TYPE I photos (1st generation photo taken and produced at the time of the event, like this Walt Disney photo) often sell for tens of thousands of dollars!  Who knows what this would sell for if it ever makes its way into a major photography auction like Christies or Sotheby's ?

Note: Cvtreasures stamp NOT on original photo

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