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A CINDER IN KARSH'S EYE

January 1 1953
MAILBAG

MAILBAG

A CINDER IN KARSH'S EYE

January 1 1953

MAILBAG

A CINDER IN KARSH'S EYE

What Yousuf Karsh has done for Vancouver (Nov. 15)—the most beautiful city in Canada is pitiful: “Skid Row pilings, a fishing wharf, a butt end of a poor piece of timber..." Only his first picture of Stanley Park entrance shows anything typical of the city.

He had such a wonderful opportunity, especially with Vancouver which has so much typical natural beauty. There will be a wave of disappointment . . . Your magazine is too good to spoil with stuff like this.-—R. M. Lister, Regina.

• T want to congratulate you on getting Yousuf Karsh to do the photographicseries on Canadian cities starting with Vancouver. A better person than Karsh to do such a series could not

have been chosen. This fact was impressed on me in his radio talk in March 1944 when he told of photographing celebrities in Great Britain. If I remember correctly, he then used the expression: “The art is to be

offensive without offending.”—E. J. Struthers, Mayor, Stanstead, Que.

• Let this be a dissenting opinion on Karsh and his poorly formed travelogue art.

On portraits Karsh is brilliant. When he went in for industrial photography lie slipped badly. Now, with these routine holiday-style snapshots, he puts himself in the same class with 103,000 amateurs, including me.

If your intention was to damage his reputation you’ve succeeded and it was time the Karsh ego was given some sort of treatment.—Gordon Sinclair, Islington, Ont.

• All I say is: Ln Kanada Karsh’s

Kamera is King! Also, the layout of his pictures and the text was beautiful. Big kudos to you boys. More to come? Good!—Michael Nimchuk, Toronto.

• Karsh says lie could not find any slums in Vancouver! Apparently he bypassed Cordova Street and the “east end.” Nor did he read Dr. Leonard Marsh’s report on this city’s slum area. Wake up.—Elmer Sloper, Vancouver.

• I was shocked to see on pages 18 and 19 of your Nov. 15 issue a picture of Granville Street, Vancouver, under which you quote the utterly false statement “the best-lighted street in Canada.” This picture is a dull, dark, dingy scene compared with what might be obtained at any season of the year

on Portage Avenue, Winnipeg.—R. H. Avent, Winnipeg.

For o Karsh’s-eye view of Winnipeg, see pages 8 13.

Just To Be Different

I thoroughly enjoyed your fiction thriller, The Killer In The Snow (Nov. 15). It was different. A great big pat on the back to Ben Turner who so expressively illustrated the story.

Mrs. H. D. Cormier, Verdun, Que.

• Cannot we have something different for a change? In issue after issue you use nothing in the way of short stories but those concerning children and adolescents, with an occasional story on the “boy-meets-girl” theme. Is there no adventure, no romance, in our still little-traveled northern woods and tundra, in our mines and lumber camps, on our seas, rivers and lakes, in the air above this continent? is there nobody in Canada who can write a decent mystery story, or one concerning the weird and supernatural? —A. A. Peebles, Bowness, Alta.

For adult fiction, see page 6.

Voices In The Wilderness

Congratulations on your excellent editorial, Why Appease South Africa? (Nov. 15). I am certain that most thinking Canadians are disgusted with Ottawa’s display of moral weakness in not supporting a UN investigation into the South African race policies. If there is a possibility that human rights are being suppressed, why is Canada not in favor of an investigation? C. H. Houston, Snow Lake, Man.

Briskness in the Air

Well, at last you have given us a decent cover—on the Nov. 1 issue, by James Hill. The painting is so realistic that one can almost feel the briskness

in the air and feel the snow falling on one’s face; the entire scene appears familiar. Let’s have more and more covers by Hill instead of some of those atrocities which have decorated your magazine in the past months. — V. Phyllis Izzard, Willowdale, Ont.

Is England Decadent?

The letter written by John Wilfred on “Bored On Sunday” (Mailbag, Nov. 1) is a sad reflection of the godlessness to be found in morally and religiously decadent England today. The Sabbath was set aside by God as a day of rest and worship. By a Christian it is not to be thought of as “any other day.” — Stuart McEntyre, Fort Frances,Ont. jç