Karsh Signature

Yousuf Karsh, master photographer of the 20th century

Megerditch Tarakdjian

Statue of Yousuf Karsh, 2017, by Jerry Fielder

Canadian-Armenian sculptor and doctor Megerditch Tarakdjian lives in Montreal. At a very young age, he attended The Saryan Academy of Art in Aleppo, and although ultimately he chose to pursue a career in medicine in Canada, his devotion to art did not fade.

“Despite being a self-taught artist, Tarakdjian has acquired great artistic knowledge and experience. From a young age, he was interested in painting and sculpting, which he practiced during his student years. Although he chose a career in medicine, he continued painting and sculpting as an amateur artist. In North America, Tarakdjian’s works are placed in many cultural and public institutions as well as embassies in Ottawa and Washington, DC. One of them is a monument to the world-renowned Canadian-Armenian photographer Yousuf Karsh, which was erected (in 2017) in downtown Ottawa, Canada, to mark the 25th anniversary of Armenian-Canadian diplomatic relations as well as Canada’s 150th anniversary.” Read more in the Armenian Mirror Spectator.