Karsh quotes General Stockwell telling the Arab leaders, “You have made a foolish decision.”
"It reminds me of when I photographed Pope John XXIII," Karsh said softly.
At that point Karsh resumed the session—with Mandela now and then dissolving into laughter and pointing.
Karsh has vaulted into the headlines after a career spent far from them.
Here and there, Karsh quietly allowed character-informing details into his frames.
And unlike the majority of great lensmen, Karsh was a master printmaker who developed film according to his own chemical formulas.
By 1931, Karsh had returned to Ottawa and opened his own studio.
In addition to Nelson Mandela, Karsh photographed 15,312 people in his 60-year career.