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

Malak's best photographs on display at the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography

Ottawa, Canada - April 12, 2002


 Les meilleures photographies de MALAK exposées au Musée canadien de la photographie contemporaine 
The name of Malak Karsh has been intimately associated with the photographic representation of Canada's capital for almost sixty years. The renown he earned for this work has to some degree eclipsed other facets of this prolific photographer's career. To remedy this, the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography is presenting a selection of Malak's best work, including not only his famous representations of the National Capital Region but also his commercial work and photojournalism. A unique opportunity to rediscover the life and career of a beloved Canadian photographer, the Malak exhibition will be on display from 13 April to 13 June 2002.

The 40 photographs in the exhibition offer an overview of the very best of Malak's oeuvre, grouped under three main headings: commissioned black and white photographs from the 1940s and 1950s, photographs of the Parliament Buildings and the National Capital produced throughout his career, and Canadian landscapes

Malak began his career working in the fields of commercial photography and photojournalism. During this period he undertook a number of projects for the Canadian government on such subjects as the war effort and national defence. Before long, his photo essays were appearing regularly in daily newspapers and illustrated magazines, including the Star Weekly, Saturday Night, the Montreal Standard, and Maclean's Magazine.

The Parliament Buildings and the National Capital
The National Capital became one of Malak's preferred subjects very early in his career. He was particularly interested in the Parliament Buildings and continued to photograph them in every possible light, at all times of the year, and from every conceivable angle and viewpoint. Malak's name is also associated with tulips. In 1946 he photographed the first gift of Dutch tulips to bloom on Parliament Hill. Every spring thereafter, without fail, he could be found photographing the city's countless tulips, capturing for posterity the infinite variety of their colours and shapes. Malak was undoubtedly largely responsible for the mental picture that most people in Canada and abroad have of Ottawa and its charm.

Over the years, Malak (originally from Armenia) grew steadily more passionate about the landscapes of his adopted country. It is no exaggeration to say that he visited every corner of Canada, from sea to sea. And just as he photographed the nation's capital from every imaginable point of view, so did he ceaselessly celebrate every glorious facet of the Canadian landscape.

The Malak exhibition gives its visitors a chance not only to enjoy the works that distinguished the career of this master photographer but also to discover other, much less well known, aspects of his talent.

Special activities
After Hours Singles Event: On Sunday, April 21, at 10:00 a.m., visit the exhibition of Malak's selected works and then have brunch. Reserve by calling (613) 998-8888. Bilingual event. Cost: $35.00 (Friends of the Gallery $30.00).Meet the Curator Tour: On Sunday, April 28, at 2:00 p.m., come and explore the Malak exhibition from a curator's perspective. Join Pierre Dessureault while he explains how the exhibition was put together and the significance of the ideas behind the images. In French. Bilingual question period. Free admission.

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