is both a workspace and a corporate
body. As a workspace it is much like an artist’s
, but providing space to take,
develop, print and duplicate photographs
Photographic training and the display of finished photographs may also be
accommodated in a photographic studio. Accordingly, the workspace may possess a darkroom
, storage space, a studio proper - where photographs are
taken, and a display room, as well as space for other related work.
corporate entity, a photographic studio is a business owned and represented by
one or more photographers, possibly accompanied by assistants and pupils, who
create and sell their own and sometimes others’ photographs.
Since the early years of the
20th century the corporate functions of a photographic studio have increasingly
been called a “photographic agency,” leaving the term “photographic studio” to
refer almost exclusively to the workspace.
Today many studios have sprung
up to serve the ever growing media industry. Some of these studios have a
resident photographer others operate mainly as a space for hire. An example of
a photo studio for hire in London is Dizzy finch Studios
Wharf Rd near Old Street.Today many studios have sprung up to serve the ever growing media
industry. Some of these studios have a resident photographer others operate
mainly as a space for hire. An example of a photo studio for hire in London is Dizzy
finch Studios in Wharf Rd
near Old Street.
Yousuf Karsh is an example of a studio portrait photographer;
Yousuf was born in Mardin a city in Turkey. He grew up
during the Armenian Genocide where he wrote,
"I saw relatives massacred; my sister died of starvation as we were driven
from village to village." At the age of 16, his parents sent Yousuf
to live with his uncle George Nakash, a photographer in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada.
Karsh briefly attended school there and assisted in his uncle’s studio. Nakash
saw great potential in his nephew and in 1928 arranged for Karsh to apprentice
with portrait photographer John Garo in Boston,
Massachusetts, United States. His brother, Malak Karsh, was also a photographer famous
for the image of logs floating down the river on the Canadian
one dollar bill. Yousuf was
a master of studio lights.
Here are some examples of Yousuf's work