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Yousuf Karsh , CC ( Armenian : Յուսուֆ Քարշ ; December 23, 1908 – July 13, 2002) was an Armenian - Canadian photographer , [ 2 ] and one of the most famous and accomplished portrait photographers of all time. [ edit ] Life and career Yousuf or Josuf (his given Armenian name was Hovsep) [ citation needed ] Karsh was born in Mardin , a city in the eastern Ottoman Empire (present Turkey ). [ 3 ] He grew up during the Armenian Genocide where he wrote, "I saw relatives massacred; my sister died of starvation as we were driven from village to village." [ 3 ] At the age of 16, his parents sent Yousuf to live with his uncle George Nakash, a photographer in Sherbrooke , Quebec , Canada . Karsh briefly attended school there and assisted in his uncle’s studio.
Richard Avedon (May 15, 1923 – October 1, 2004) was an American fashion and portrait photographer. An obituary published in The New York Times said that "his fashion and portrait photographs helped define America's image of style, beauty and culture for the last half-century." [ 1 ] [ edit ] Early Life and Education Avedon was born in New York City , to a Jewish family.