The Many Faces of Arnaud Maggs

The Many Faces of Arnaud Maggs

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Nearing his 80s, internationally acclaimed photographer Arnaud Maggs is one of Canada's senior living artists. 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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