Ernest Hemingway by Yousuf Karsh (1957)

The photograph titled “Ernest Hemingway” was taken by the renowned photographer Yousuf Karsh in the year 1957. This iconic portrait features an older man who appears to be in his late fifties or sixties. He has a robust and burly build, with a notable beard and mustache that are graying, suggesting maturity and a life well-lived. The subject’s hair is also graying, and he gives a look that conveys intensity and depth, perhaps reflecting a wealth of experience. The man is wearing a thick, ribbed turtleneck sweater that adds to the rugged, masculine aura of the image. The lighting in the photograph is dramatic, emphasizing the contours of the man’s face and bringing out the texture of his sweater, creating a stark contrast with the dark background. The expression on the man’s face is serious and contemplative, drawing the viewer into a silent dialogue with the subject. The high level of detail in the photograph captures the lines and marks on the man’s face, telling the story of a life that has been both challenging and rich in stories.

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