Malak Karsh

Photographer, Author

1915 – 2001

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Who was Malak Karsh?

Malak Karsh, OC was a Canadian photographer of Armenian heritage, brother of Yousuf Karsh, who is best known for his photographs of the Ottawa region.

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."

In 1996, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. In 2005, the city of Ottawa established the Karsh Prize, honouring Ottawa photo-based artists, in honour of Malak and Yousuf Karsh.

Approximately 100 of his photos of the Britannia Boat Club c 1940s are in the Library and Archives Canada collection.

He is buried in Wakefield, Quebec.

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Born
Mar 1, 1915
Mardin
Also known as
  • Karsh Malak
Siblings
Nationality
  • Canada
  • Armenia
Profession
Lived in
  • Mardin
Died
Nov 8, 2001
Ottawa

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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