The Many Faces of Arnaud Maggs
- Release Date 2002
- Running Time 50 minutes
- Closed Captions No
- Availability Canada, USA
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Filmmaker Annette Mangaard profiles acclaimed Canadian photographer, Arnaud Maggs in her film The Many Faces of Arnaud Maggs. He is best known for detailed, grid-like portrait studies that betray a stark intimacy. 64 Portrait Studies, Ledoyen and 48 Views, a series that included such Canadian notables as Northrop Frye, Irving Layton, Yousuf Karsh and Leonard Cohen...these just begin an accounting of his prolific output.
In interviews, Maggs discusses his decision, at the age of 47, to become a visual artist and abandon early career success as a graphic designer and fashion photographer. He also touches on the motivation of his own mortality, an inevitability that keeps him working both to consolidate his massive body of work and yet to continue the search for fresh ideas. Whether it's death notices that once arrived on French doorsteps in black-edged envelopes, tickets recording child labour in textile factories, or the familiar vertical lettering of hotel signs, Maggs combs the streets and markets at home and abroad for inspiration. Meticulous and courageous in his approach, Maggs creates art that speaks of the universality of the human experience and yet demands an attention to the subtleties of each moment.
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