Photography: Arnaud Maggs
Publisher/Date: Steidl/Scotiabank (c. 2013) First Edition. Published on the occasion of the awarding of the 2012 Scotiabank Photography Award.
Format/Condition: New hardcover book in Fine condition. 216 pages. Dimensions: 10 x 12 x 1 inches. Profusely illustrated in black-and-white and some in color.
Description: Arnaud Maggs (1926–2012) was a Canadian artist and photographer. Maggs is best known for stark portraits. Characteristic of Maggs' early work are his black-and-white portraits taken from the front, side and back, and presented in grid formation.
This is the second in a series of annual publications published by Steidl celebrating the winner of the Scotiabank Photography Award, Canada's largest contemporary photography award for an established Canadian artist. Scotiabank is a leader among Canadian corporations and is recognized internationally for its charitable donations and philanthropic activities. The award was established by photographer Edward Burtynsky and Jane Nokes of Scotiabank.
Arnaud Maggs demonstrates the range of this year's winner's oeuvre with 17 series including Joseph Beuys, 100 Profile Views (1980); Kunstakademie (1980); André Kertész, 144 Views (1980); Hotel (1991); Répertoire (1997); Contamination (2007); The Dada Portraits (2010) and his most recent series After Nadar (2012). Together they convey current theories related to the study of the history of photography, which stress the importance of using first generation objects as research tools to re-examine history. Arnaud Maggs brings viewers face to face with books, ephemera and portrait studies, skillfully photographed, re-presented and gracefully shared with us as works of fine art.