Karsh Signature

Yousuf Karsh, master photographer of the 20th century

Library and Archives Canada

Elspet Short, 1936

In the 1930s, Karsh was in Ottawa photographing the general public, including weddings, children, pets and passport photos, in amongst local dignitaries, and productions of the Ottawa Little Theatre. When Mr. Karsh closed his studio in 1992, his negatives and work prints went to the collection of Library and Archives Canada. The LAC’s online database includes more than 10,000 scans from Karsh’s earliest years. Of course you can now cross-match those early sittings against the database on this website, making research easier, and more fun! Our search box self-populates to you can automatically see who is listed.

Read more about Karsh’s early years in Ottawa.

Library and Archives Canada – click through to “online image research.”

Elaine Boyle, 1936
Hutchison-Weeks Wedding, 1936
Karsh connected with all of his sitters! Phillipa Chrysler, 1937