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Yousuf Karsh, master photographer of the 20th century

Archives Canada

William Lyon Mackenzie King, 1936

A mystery is solved thanks to our wonderful colleagues at Archives Canada, where the Karsh Fonds are held. Jill Delaney, lead archivist, was able to fill in the blanks for an Ottawa Citizen reader who submitted a photograph by Karsh whose subject was unidentified. It turned out to be Dr. Robert James Manion (1881-1943), in his office as Leader of the Official Opposition (the Conservatives) taken on March 23, 1939. Manion, running for prime minister, was defeated by Liberal Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King.

King was a friend, patron, and supporter of Karsh’s early years as a photographer, and played an important part in opening the doors of opportunity. Learn more.