Yousuf Karsh was a world-renowned portrait photographer who lived at Fairmont Château Laurier for 18 years, operating a studio on the sixth floor where he shot photos of international celebrities. When he moved in 1998, Karsh donated seven of his portraits to the hotel. These seven outstanding photos are now a part of our history and are located in the Reading Lounge and the Karsh Suite, along with eight portraits his wife Estrellita gifted the hotel years later.
Image of Yousuf and Estrellita at Little Wings, their home in Ottawa, 1960s. Credit: Yousuf Karsh.