- Yousuf Karsh
- 'rt. -hon. winston churchill'
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.
This photograph was sent by Yousuf Karsh in the early 1940s to the Chicago Camera Club, presumably for exhibition. In 1991, in an effort to catalogue the Club's collection, Club president Jane M. Sparhawk contacted Karsh about this and other prints. Older Club members had told Sparhawk that Karsh's photographs had been present in the collection since before 1944. Karsh's reply confirmed this, and he wrote that he was pleased that his photographs had been 'constant companions since 1944' and that he 'probably donated them after having exhibited them upon invitation.'
The Chicago Camera Club, founded in 1895, merged with the Fort Dearborn Camera Club in 1951 to form the Fort Dearborn-Chicago Camera Club. It is known today as The Fort Dearborn-Chicago Photo Forum. Karsh had found a welcome venue for his work at the Club as early as 1938, when he entered an international photographs salon sponsored by the organization.