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Karsh, Leonard, and Bagert: A Photographic Legacy


  Karch, Leonard, and Bagert: A Photographic Legacy,  2008.

Karch, Leonard, and Bagert: A Photographic Legacy, 2008.

Yousef Karsh, Herman Leonard and Jenny Bagert represent three “generations” of photographers. Karsh is recognized as one of the pioneers of 20th-century portrait photography. His portraits of luminaries such as Winston Churchill, Albert Einstein and Ernest Hemingway are iconic images. His protégé, Herman Leonard, has achieved international fame for his documentation of jazz musicians as well as numerous other projects. Leonard’s first internship after college was working with Karsh, learning Karsh’s ability to translate his subject’s character into print and commitment to perfect print quality. Leonard’s protégé, Jenny Bagert, also owes something to her early mentor, but she has achieved her own unique vision as well. This exhibition will show the way photographic traditions have been passed down from mentor to student.