Michael Snow
Clothed Woman (In Memory of my Father) 1963
oil and lucite on canvas
152 x 386.2 cm
Purchased 1966
National Gallery of Canada

National Gallery of Canada Mourns the Loss of Malak Karsh

Ottawa, Canada - November 9, 2001


 « Le Musée des beaux-arts du Canada pleure le décès du grand Malak Karsh » 
It is with great sadness that the National Gallery of Canada acknowledges the death of the great photographer, Malak Karsh. For more than 60 years, Malak, loved and admired as much for his artistic talent as for his inherent goodness, has helped define the image of Ottawa and its numerous attractions.
" We are saddened by the death of Malak. He was a very fine photographer, a gentleman and a friend to the Museum", says Martha Hanna, Director, Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography.

Malak Karsh is best known for his photographic representation of the National Capital region. His numerous photo stories and countless publications were instrumental in establishing a prestigious image of the National Capital and its many attractions. Malak photographed the first tulips on Parliamentary Hill in 1949. During the 1950s and 1960s, he covered all manner of subjects concerning the National Capital and its industrial development. His photographs of the Parliament Buildings which appeared in the Centennial publication, "Stones of History", continue today to be the subject of publication.

The CMCP will be presenting a retrospective of Malak's photographic work next Spring to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Tulip Festival. A special tribute will be paid to this great, departed artist on the occasion of the exhibition.
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