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Carisse self-portrait which accompanied The Ottawa Citizen article “A Portrait of Influence – Contemporary photographers still see the flash of Karsh’s brilliance”, December 20, 2008.

 

 JEAN-MARC CARISSE, recipient of the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal, has photographed the political, cultural and social scenes in Ottawa and around the world for over 50 years.  He was official photographer for the Office of the Prime Minister for many years, serving Prime ministers Pierre Trudeau, John Turner and Jean Chrétien, as well as serving Official Opposition leaders Bill Graham, Stéphane Dion and Michael Ignatieff.  He's also photographed consecutive Prime Ministers from Pierre Trudeau to Justin Trudeau, US Presidents from Ford to Obama and a large number of world leaders.  Many of his photographs have appeared on the covers and pages of biographical and autobiographical books (including his own coffee table book "Privileged Access w/ Trudeau, Turner & Chrétien" (Warwick 2000),  magazines including Time, Paris Match and Maclean's, as well as TV documentaries and biographies.   Carisse also captured many performers, comedians, singers, artists, actors, icons and heroes, on stage and off, formally and informally.  These include Nelson Mandela, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, Princess Diana, Pope JP II, Queen Elizabeth, Al Pacino, Rudolf Nureyev, Tom Waits, Fidel Castro, Leonard Cohen, Yousuf Karsh, the Dalai Lama and Mother Teresa, to name a few. 

 

He earned a BA from the University of Ottawa, with a concentration in Visual Arts.  The Preservation Centre of Library and Archives Canada holds approximately 400,000 negatives taken and authored by him. 

 

His photo exhibit "My Trudeau Years" in 2002 and 2003 at Library and Archives Canada, which had been extended twice by popular demand, reflected his professional relationship with Pierre Elliott Trudeau and their mutual respect .   In the summer of 2000, weeks before his passing, Trudeau met with him and agreed to be photographed once more on his last day at Heenan Blaikie law office in Montreal, personally choosing his poses.  It was their last meeting and sitting.  He passed away weeks later. Carisse photographed the Trudeau State Funeral reflecting that it was one of the most moving events he’s ever attended in his career. 

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Picture description

 

Jean-Marc Carisse with:                                            

  1. Yousuf Karsh - photo Carisse collection c. 1982

  2. J. Chrétien, J. Turner & P.E. Trudeau - photo F. Charbonneau 1994

  3. Stevie Wonder, 1986

  4. Paul Anka, photo Ernesto Distefano / George Pimentel Photo 2013

  5. Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, 1994

  6. G8 Offical Photographers (France,  Canada, Germany, Italy & USA, 1998

  7. In San Francisco, 1968

  8. Son, Marc and Wife, Patricia, in Havana, Cuba.  Vernissage "On the World Stage", 2005

  9. Patricia Carisse, 2005

  10. Presentation to Rich Little, as Mayor Larry O'Brien and Gord Atkinson look on, 2007

  11. US President Bill Clinton greets Carisse at the White House - Official White House photo: Barbara Kinney, 1997

  12. Expo '67, 1967

  13. Brigitte Bardot (CP Photo,  Fred Chartrand)

  14. P.M. Pierre Trudeau, 1970's 

  15. G7 Official Photogs, Germany, USA, France, Italy, Canada, UK, Japan, 1995

16. Gilles Villeneuve, racing champion, circa 1980

17. Malak Karsh, 2000

18. Eartha Kitt, 2007

19. Rudolf Nureyev & Celia Franca

20. Robbie Robertson 2011

21. Léo Carisse & Alberte Carisse (my/mes parents)

22. Pyramids, Egypte 2000

23. Gov. Gen. Julie Payette 2018

24. Lutz Luhman & Thor Moxness  (1985 - 2014)

25. President Nelson Mandela, 1998

26. Fats Domino, 1987 

27. Stratton Stevens, Justin Trudeau, JMCarisse, Mtl. 2004

28. JM & Marc Carisse ...circa 1996

29. Fidel Castro...1998

30. JMC, Volkswagen, Los Angeles, Calif. 1968

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      JMC                    Karsh

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          Chrétien    Turner     JMC      Trudeau

   Stevie Wonder                       JMC      

         JMC        Paul Anka

                           1962  

                     1982

                             

                 

 

 

 

 

                          1962                                        1968                               1974

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           JMC                    PM  P.E.  Trudeau 

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                      JMC   Selfie / EXPO 1967

                                      Montréal

           Brigitte Bardot                  JMC

      U.S. Pres. Bill Clinton              JMC

   France     Canada  Germany  Italy   USA

PM  Jean Chrétien                    JMC

   JMC     San Francisco 1968

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   JMC   L. Obrien   Rich  Little     G. Atkinson

                  - G8 Photogs -        JMC

       Germany   USA   France   Italy   Canada   UK     Japan

        JMC           Marc          Patricia

                                             Havana 2005

   16.          JMC                              Gilles Villeneuve

17.      JMC                           Malak Karsh

I      18.                   JMC            Eartha Kitt

  20                   JMC     Robbie Robertson 

       JMC                Rudolf Nureyev      Celia Franca  

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  Léo Carisse                             Alberte Carisse                                                     

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               JMC                             G.G. Julie Payette

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laStratton Stevens     Justin Trudeau        JMCssic Title

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                            JMC             Marc

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          Fidel Castro                                       JMC                                    

Following his employment in PMO, exhibits of his works were held in Montreal, Ottawa, Winnipeg and Havana, Cuba, as well as giving lectures on occasions.  Special assignments for him over the years included shadowing Chuck Berry, Mother Teresa, President GW Bush, Prime Minister Tony Blair and Barbara Ann Scott-King.   Carisse now works as a freelance photographer.

 

He is listed as one of the University of Ottawa's Notable Alumni.  In the fall of 2015, Jean-Marc was also featured in the University of Ottawa's online magazine Tabaret.  You can read the full article by clicking on the language of your choice - English or French.

 As well, the KARSH website, www.karsh.org uses two of Carisse's photographs.  The first is that of President Mandela looking at Karsh's Churchill portrait, and the second is Karsh sharing a laugh with Queen Elizabeth at Canada House in London, UK.