Karsh Signature

Yousuf Karsh, master photographer of the 20th century

C.C.F. Founding Members

Canada CCF
A group photo of the CCF in 1938. The Co-operative Commonwealth Federation was the forerunner of the New Democratic Party, which is Canada’s mid-left political party.

In 1938 Karsh photographed founding members of the C.C.F, The Co-operative Commonwealth Federation. Founded in 1932, it was a social-democratic and democratic socialist political party in Canada, and was succeeded by today’s New Democratic Party when the C.C.F. merged with the Canadian Labour Congress. Thanks go to our colleagues at the Library and Archives Canada for recently digitizing this photograph.

Mr. Karsh’s card file records begin in 1933, and he maintained a card for each sitting from 1933 to 1993, each of which has been transcribed and is searchable on this website.

Karsh sample sitter card from 1938