Karsh Signature

Yousuf Karsh, master photographer of the 20th century

Dominion Drama Festival

Alumnae Theatre Company, 1948, performing Ruth Gordon’s play “Years Ago”, 1948

Yousuf Karsh was heavily involved with the Ottawa Little Theater, where he cut his lighting teeth, and was the photographer for the Dominion Drama Festival. There are dozens of records related to the Festival of plays performed between 1933 and 1948. This fabulous frame came in from a professor of drama in New Brunswick, who told us that in 1948, North America’s longest-running women-run theatre company, Alumnae Theatre Company (presently in their 105th year), took their production of Ruth Gordon‘s play Years Ago to the Dominion Drama Festival where Yousuf Karsh was the festival photographer, and gave us a copy of this image.