Karsh Day in Ottawa
Acting City of Ottawa Mayor Doug Thompson officially proclaims 14 July to be Yousuf Karsh Day at an event held in the Karsh-Masson Gallery.
Press release follows:
Ottawa - Estrellita Karsh, widow of the internationally renowned portrait photographer and longtime Ottawa resident Yousuf Karsh, will present nine of her late husband’s prints to the City of Ottawa. In commemoration, the City of Ottawa will officially proclaim July 14, 2009 Yousuf Karsh Day. The event is part of Ottawa’s Karsh Festival, one of the many celebrations being held worldwide to mark Yousuf Karsh’s 100th birthday.
The nine portraits will be on display at the Karsh-Masson Gallery, named in honour of Yousuf Karsh and painter Henri Masson.
Date: Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Karsh-Masson Gallery, 136 St. Patrick Street
Reception to follow
The gift includes two of Karsh’s most famous portraits, Winston Churchill and Georgia O’Keeffe. The remaining portraits include such famous Canadians as Pierre Trudeau, writers Stephen Leacock and Robertson Davies, artists Jack Bush, Frederick Varley and Kenojuak Ashevak, and a self-portrait of Karsh himself.