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Yousuf Karsh

YOUSUF KARSH, (1908-2002)

Yousuf Karsh, born in Armenia in 1908, was the best portrait photographer of 20th century. Because of Turks’ massacre and persecution of Armenians, he had to flee to Syria with his family. Later, he was sent to Canada to live with his uncle, a photographer in Quebec.

Yosuf Karsh, self portrait

“My chief joy is to photograph the great in heart, in mind, and in spirit, whether they be famous or humble.”

His work is currently on display Sejong Museum of Art in Seoul, and it’ll be on all through May. I went to see this exhibition a few days ago thinking, “how can portraits be artistic?” but I was wrong. Although I don’t have a great sense of taste or knowledge in recognizing art, I can see that his photos really are amazing and unique. He captures every single detail, every strand of hair, every thread of his models. And when you look at his portraits, you can almost see the soul of the person in the picture. You feel as if you personally knew the people in Karsh’s pictures.

Karsh has captured many famous politicians, stars, and artists of the 20th century, but for me, the most memorable ones for me were his photography of Winston Churchill, Albert Einstein, Audrey Hepburn, Andy Warhol, and Elizabeth Taylor. I put up the pictures, but trust me, it looks way better to have a look at them in real life.

Elizabeth Taylor

Audrey Hepburn

Winston Churchill

Andy Warhol

Albert Einstein



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Two weeks ago, I went to Phuket with my family. We went there during Thanksgiving break for 3 nights and 4 days. It’s an island off the south-west coast of Thailand, and tourists go there every year to relax. My parents took me and my brother so that we can forget about our school work for a while.

We stayed at Club Med, which is known to be the best vacation resort. To be honest, I was a little disappointed at first. The resort itself was pretty big and well-kept, but they only had one outdoors swimming pool, and a beach across the road.

The best part about Club Med was its food. All the foods and drinks were prepaid, so we could grab some food or drinks at the snack bar while we were at the outdoors pool. We could also have up to 5 meals a day, and the food was amazing. They had French food, Korean food, Chinese food, Indian food, and more. Desert dishes varied a lot too. It was a buffet, and my family and I would stay there for more than an hour for each meal.

We went outside of Club Med too. We walked around public markets where they sold food, clothes, bags, and other things. It reminded me of Korean Dongdaemoon. We went snorkeling, and went to Phi Phi island, which is a popular tourist attraction at Phuket. On the last day, we watched the sunset from the beach.

Phi Phi Island

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