1915 – 2001
Who was Malak Karsh?
Born in Mardin, Ottoman Empire, he emigrated to Canada in 1937 and went to work with his brother. In 1963, he took a picture of the floating logs on the Ottawa River, called Paper and Politics, which was put on the back of the 1969-1979 series Canadian $1 note.
He was one of the founders of the Canadian Tulip Festival and its honorary president at the time of his death. According to mayor Bob Chiarelli, "He helped put Ottawa on the map. Probably the biggest and best brand for Ottawa was his tulips."
He is buried in Wakefield, Quebec.