Winston Churchill, Sophia Loren iconic portraits to go on display in UK

November 3rd, 2008 - 1:14 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Nov 3 (ANI): A 1941 iconic portrait of British PM Sir Winston Churchill is all set go on display in an exhibition of works by the legendary photographer Yousuf Karsh.

The Armenian-born Karsh died in 2002 after a career of more than 70 years.

He named Churchills portrait as The Roaring Lion.

He has photographed the likes of Fidel Castro, Nikita Krushchev and Pope John Paul II along with glamorous Sophia Loren, Audrey Hepburn, Brigitte Bardot and a young Jacqueline Kennedy, wife of John F Kennedy, reports the Telegraph.

Recalling his encounter with British PM Churchill, Karsh had revealed that the PM was not in a mood to be photographed, but was later impressed by his work.

“He was in no mood for portraiture and two minutes were all that he would allow me as he passed from the House of Commons chamber to an ante-room, said Karsh.

Churchill posed with a cigar and stared at the camera “as he might regard the German enemy”, Karsh said.

When Karsh asked him to remove the cigar “the Churchillian scowl deepened, the head was thrust forward belligerently, and the hand placed on the hip in an attitude of anger.”

However, the Prime Minister was impressed and later told Karsh: “You can even make a roaring lion stand still to be photographed.”

The exhibition opens at the Camera Press Gallery in central London on November 7 .(ANI)

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