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The Roaring Lion, Winston Churchill 1941 by Yousaf Karsh

The Roaring Lion, Winston Churchill 1941 by Yousaf Karsh

According to Wiki, Yousaf Karsh is one of the most famous and accomplished portrait photographers of all time. His iconic portrait of Sir Winston Churchill  featured on this post all by itself is saying,

“Anticipate future Karsh portrait photography posts on this blog.”

Karsh got this shot in 1941 in a back room at the Canadian Parliament after pulling Churchill’s cigar from his mouth.

The image captured Churchill and wartime Britain perfectly — defiant and unconquerable.

“You can even make a roaring lion stand still to be photographed,” Churchill later said to him, so Karsh titled the photograph, The Roaring Lion.

It made the cover of Life magazine and made Karsh an international celebrity. It’s supposed to be one of the most widely reproduced images in history and has even been on postage stamps in seven countries!

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The alternate take, long known only to the Churchill family, shows a twinkle in the lion's eye and the hint of a smile.

The alternate take, long known only to the Churchill family, shows a twinkle in the lion’s eye and the hint of a smile.

From the Roaring Lion to the Iron Lady ~

Baroness Margaret Hilda Thatcher

13 October 1925 – 8 April 2013

Prime Minister to the United Kingdom 1979 – 1990

The Lady Who Changed the World

ONLY a handful of peace-time politicians can claim to have changed the world. Margaret Thatcher, who died this morning, was one. She transformed not just her own Conservative Party, but the whole of British politics. Her enthusiasm for privatisation launched a global revolution and her willingness to stand up to tyranny helped to bring an end to the Soviet Union. Winston Churchill won a war, but he never created an “ism”…

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