Karsh Signature

Yousuf Karsh, master photographer of the 20th century

Gow Crapper

Gow Crapper, 1951

In the early 1950’s, Karsh accepted several assignments of industrial workers which was a brief but highly satisfying adventure in photojournalism. One of those assignments was for Ford of Canada. Pictured here is Gow Crapper, a Ford worker looking like a Hollywood movie star. Thanks to Mr. Crapper’s family for reaching out to us recently.

Crapper features on the cover of the book Industrial Images (The Art Gallery of Windsor, 2007) in which Karsh notes: “I had never taken my camera into an industrial plant. Now I was not only to take my camera there but was to work for many days amid the smoke, fire and dust… The men in such an environment daily go about their works almost casually. They work swiftly and efficiently to accomplish precise tasks of great exactness.”