There are two excellent books that showcase the photos of legendary Canadian photgrapher Yousuf Karsh. Karsh was famous for his portraits and during the 20th century, the rich and famous flocked to sit in front of his camera. Karsh carefully studied his subjects before meeting them, so he was able to ask them some very intelligent and probing questions. Below are two quotes I like.

From the book “Karsh”:

Graham Greene

“Sometimes I wonder,” mused the creator of exalted adventure story, “how all those who do not write, compose or paint… can manage to escape the madness which is inherent in the human situation.”

From the book “Yousuf Karsh : Regarding Heroes”:

Albert Einstein

Knowing him to be an accomplished violinst, I [Karsh] turned the conversation, and asked if there were any connection between music and mathematics. “In art,” he said, “and in the higher ranges of science, there is a feeling of harmony which underlies all endeavour. There is no true greatness in art or science without that sense of harmony. He who lacks it can never be more than a great technician in either field.”