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Manitoba Photographers: Karl Drago Alkier (1926-2008)

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Born Drago Dragutin Alkier at Valpovo, Croatia on 10 January 1926, into a multigenerational family of photographers, he began to work as a photographer’s apprentice at the age of 14, receiving certification as a journeyman three years later. At that time, during the Second World War, he was drafted into the Croatian Army. Captured two years later, he was forced to walk to a concentration camp in Slovenia. He subsequently served 28 months in the Yugoslavian Army. He moved to Germany in 1955 where he worked as a factory welder before moving to Canada with his wife Anica and their three-month-old baby in 1956.

They worked on a vegetable farm near Toronto for a season then moved to Portage la Prairie where he worked in a photo studio for seven years. In 1963, they moved to Dauphin to purchase a business that became known as Karl’s Studio, which operated until 1994. He took wedding photos, family portraits, and local scenic views, and served as a Royal Photographer during the 1970 visit to Canada of Queen Elizabeth II.

He died at Dauphin on 25 May 2008. He was survived by his widow and two sons.

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Obituary, Dauphin Herald, 3 June 2008, page 22.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 December 2021

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