Malak Karsh

Festival Founder:  Malak Karsh “Keep a tulip close to you at all times”

Malak Karsh – Order of Canada, Master of Photographs Arts, recipient of the Keys to the City of Ottawa, recognized with a Whitton Award and the National Film Board of Canada’s Gold Metal – arrived in Canada in 1937 from Turkey. He chose Ottawa to be his home. Through the magic of his talent and his camera lens he spent decades bringing Canada to Canadians. He captured the Capital’s government and the Parliament buildings, gardens and scenery in every season and light. Malak loved Ottawa and knew that more Canadians would feel the same – so he hatched a plan to entice more people to visit. In 1953 he persuaded the Ottawa Board of Trade (now Ottawa Chamber of Commerce) to established the Canadian Tulip Festival. Today the festival is recognized as one of the most influential events in the world and  annually produces the Homage to Malak Photography Exhibit.  People from around the world come to Ottawa to celebrate our blooms living and in pictures.

Take a few moments to enjoy Malak Karsh’s art when you visit Grill 41 in the lobby of The Lord Elgin Hotel, an official hotel of the Canadian Tulip Festival.

Learn more about Malak Karsh’s life and work.

Photo: Malak Karsh. Used with permission.

Photo: Malak Karsh.

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