Karsh Signature

Yousuf Karsh, master photographer of the 20th century

Johan Helders

Johan Helders, 1938

Working on a research project, this 1938 portrait of Johan Helders came into play. Karsh wrote: “I was delighted to learn that Johan Helders, the maitre d’ of the Château Laurier Hotel, shared my love of photography, and I invited him to my modest studio during my early days in Ottawa. Here Helders contemplates one of his own photos. I could not have foreseen that some forty years later, Estrellita (Karsh) and I would become residents of this fabulous hotel.”