Canadian citizenship, as a status separate from British nationality, was created by the Canadian Citizenship Act, 1946, which came into effect on January 1st, 1947. Canadians were chosen to represent the country and Yousuf Karsh was given the honor of representing the Province of Ontario. When this group was sworn in on January 3rd, 1947, all Canadians enjoyed citizenship in their own country for the first time.
The Order of Canada is the nation’s greatest honor. There are three levels of distinction: Member, Officer, and Companion. Companion is the highest honor and it is limited to 165 living individuals. Having already been an Officer, Yousuf Karsh was elevated to Companion of the Order of Canada in 1990.
The International Center of Photography in New York is one of the world’s most prestigious institutions dedicated to photography and visual culture. The Master of Photography Award is its highest award. Yousuf Karsh was the recipient in 1990. He was preceded by fellow colleagues and often friends such as André Kertész, Hiroshi Hamaya, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Alfred Eisenstaedt, and Berenice Abbott. He was followed by honorees including Harry Callahan, Lennart Nilsson, Richard Avedon, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Eve Arnold, Horst P. Horst, Helen Levitt, Roy DeCarava, Arnold Newman, Robert Frank, and Roger Therond.
ln 2000, “International Who’s Who” chose Karsh as one of the 100 most influential figures of the twentieth century. He was the only photographer and the only Canadian among the selected distinguished group of men and women. Karsh was delighted to learn that, among this group, he had photographed more than half.
Bezalel Academy, 1997
Canadian Parliament, 1995
National Society of Arts and Letters, USA, 1991
International Center of Photography, NYC, 1990
Lotos Club, New York, 1989
Americas Society, 1989
New York University and TIME, Inc., 1989
Yeshiva University, New York City, 1989
Syracuse University, 1986
Boston University School of Law, 1983
Tufts University, 1981
Encyclopedia Britannica, 1980
University of Hartford, 1980
University of Detroit, 1979
University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1979
Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, 1975
Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California, 1973
Professional Photographers of Canada, 1970
Bishop's University, Lennoxville, Quebec, 1969
Canada Council, 1969
Emerson College, Boston,
Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario,
Carleton University, Ottawa,
Dartmouth College, New Hampshire,
Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick ,
Dawson College, Montreal,
The Photographic Arts and Sciences Foundation, USA,
The Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain,