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Scotiabank Photography Award: Arnaud Maggs

May 1 - June 2, 2013
Main Gallery, Ryerson Image Centre

Arnaud Maggs (1926 – 2012) was an artist of rigour, crystal clear vision, humour, and a humbling sense of awe for singular moments and the connections between them. Like other great artists before him, Arnaud Maggs leaves behind a wealth of artistic creation that at once challenges and adds to our understanding of the photographic medium. The Scotiabank Photography Award (SPA) exhibition at the Ryerson Image Centre (RIC) features a selection of work handpicked and poignantly curated by the artist during his final months: Kunstakademie (1980), André Kertész: 144 Views (1980), The Dada Portraits (2010) and After Nadar: Pierrot Turning (2012). Through the exhibition the ever-introspective Maggs allows us a glimpse of the photographer himself.

In 1973, when he was 47 and a successful illustrator and fashion photographer, Maggs decided to become an artist. The production of his first major work, 64 Portrait Studies (1976-1978), laid the foundation for an artistic practice to which he remained devoted. His career was one of continuous development, remarkable technical expertise, incredible attention to detail, and visual brilliancy. Maggs adopted photography as an artistic tool to document people and objects. The history of photography, archival research and process, were all-significant to him. In Spring & Arnaud (a 2013 documentary by Marcia Connolly and Katherine Knight) Maggs, addressing his work, says fittingly: “For me, it’s a record of myself, of my existence.”

The Scotiabank Photography Award (SPA) is designed to raise the international profile of Canada’s leading photographic artists. 




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Presented by Scotiabank, organized by the Ryerson Image Centre, in partnership with the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

A man in a clown outfit and full makeup
Fig. 1

Arnaud Maggs, After Nadar: Turning Pierrot, detail, 2012. © Estate of Arnaud Maggs, Courtesy of Susan Hobbs Gallery

A side profile of an older man wearing a suit
Fig. 2

Arnaud Maggs, André Kertész, detail 3, 1980 © Estate of Arnaud Maggs, Courtesy of Susan Hobbs Gallery

An older, balding man turned away from the camera
Fig. 3

Arnaud Maggs, André Kertész, detail 5, 1980 © Estate of Arnaud Maggs, Courtesy of Susan Hobbs Gallery

Installation Shots

A wall covered in black and white photographs. showing different angles of the same man
Fig. 1

Scotiabank Photography Award: Arnaud Maggs (installation view), 2014 © Eugen Sakhnenko, Ryerson Image Centre

A man examines large white prints in the gallery
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Scotiabank Photography Award: Arnaud Maggs (installation view), 2014 © Eugen Sakhnenko, Ryerson Image Centre

12 images showing different angles of the same man, wearing a clown suit and full makeup
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Scotiabank Photography Award: Arnaud Maggs (installation view), 2014 © Eugen Sakhnenko, Ryerson Image Centre

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Presented by Scotiabank, organized by the Ryerson Image Centre, in partnership with the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival