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Yousuf Karsh, master photographer of the 20th century

Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet, 1933

From A Brief Biography: “While my career seemed to be well launched, I had few friends in Ottawa during those early months, and I welcomed an invitation to join the Ottawa Little Theatre, an enthusiastic group of amateur players. The casual invitation was to have lasting effects on my life and career. The experience of photographing actors on the stage with stage lighting was exhilarating. The unlimited possibilities of artificial light overwhelmed me.” Learn about Karsh’s cameras and lighting.

“The Young Lord Duncannon, son of Lord Bessborough, the Governor General, was an enthusiastic fellow-member of the Ottawa Little Theatre. He encouraged me to portray his parents, opening yet another door of opportunity to a young photographer.”