I mentioned on another post the other day that I was fortunate to find a wonderful tome of Karsh's portraits in a used bookstore. I believe it was titled something like: Portraits of Great Americans 1940 to 1980 or something like that.
Each of the portraits is spectacular and they do seem to reflect the "greatness" of the various artists, politicians, celebrities etc.
Yes, they are highly "posed" and very flattering - but I think that that is the greatness of Karsh - he brings out the "dignity" of his subjects.
Some might object that he "pandered" to the wealthy and powerful - but he was also a damned good photographer!