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Photographer Identified

March 2024
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I am a senior at Hamilton College with a deep interest in photography. I’m happy to say I instantly recognized the man on the cover of your March issue.

Your “unknown turn-of-the-century” photographer is John H. Garo of Boston. An Armenian by birth, he was the teacher of the eminent portrait photographer Yousuf Karsh in the 1920s. In Karsh’s autobiography he writes, “…—Garo taught me something more important than technique alone—Garo taught me to see.…” Furthermore, Karsh writes, “even as a young man, I was aware that these glorious afternoons and evenings in Garo’s salon were my university. There I set my heart on photographing those men and women who leave their mark on the world.”

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