Onnig Cavoukian

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Onnig Cavoukian
Onnig J. Cavoukian

1945 (age 73–74)
ResidenceWinona, Ontario
Other namesCavouk

Onnig J. "Cavouk" Cavoukian (born 1945) is a Canadian-Armenian photographer.

Early life and career[edit]

Born in Cairo in 1945[1] to ethnic Armenian parents Artin and Lucie Cavoukian, Onnig Cavoukian emigrated with his family from Cairo to Canada in 1958. He is the brother of the well-known Canadian children's entertainer Raffi and Ann Cavoukian, the former Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario.[2]

Onnig Cavoukian followed in the footsteps of his grandfather Ohanness Cavoukian and his father Artin in becoming a portrait photographer.[2]

Cavouk portrait of HCol RS (Sam) McLaughlin

During his career, Cavouk's subjects included Indira Gandhi, the Queen Mother, Queen Elizabeth II, Oscar Peterson, Pierre and Margaret Trudeau, Leonid Brezhnev, Patrick Macnee, Hubert Humphrey, and Pat Nixon.[2][3]

Three Canadian stamps have been made from portraits by Cavouk, of Roland Michener, Maureen Forrester, and Sam McLaughlin respectively.[2]

After spending most of his adult life in Toronto, Cavouk retired in April 2006, moving to Winona, Ontario on a property next to Fifty Point Conservation Area.[3][not in citation given]


  1. ^ "University of Calgary Libraries, Special Collections Division, Occasional Paper No. 10: Onnig CAVOUKIAN (born 1945)".
  2. ^ a b c d Bourret, Suzanne (January 22, 2008). "Cavouk of Winona: Life through the lens". Hamilton Spectator. Archived from the original on September 6, 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-16.
  3. ^ a b Rosts, Scott (April 20, 2007). "Stamp of approval". Niagara This Week. Archived from the original on September 11, 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-16.

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