Canadian #Art — Arnaud Maggs: 2012 $50,000 Scotiabank #Photography Award Winner

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The veteran artist Arnaud Maggs nudged out fellow photographers Fred Herzog and Alain Paiement as the winner of the second annual Scotiabank Photography Award, announced last night in Toronto. The $50,000 prize—which was conceived and developed by photographer Edward Burtynsky and Scotiabank art collection director Jane Nokes—also includes a major publication deal with German art-book publisher Steidl and a feature solo exhibition at next year’s Contact Photography Festival.


Since trading a career in graphic design for photography in the 1970s, Maggs has been critically renowned for his serial approach to image making and social history. In works that range from portraiture to archival documentation, and which are often presented in large-scale photo-grid installations, he has consistently struck a masterful balance between the conceptual mechanics of photography and a deep-set humanist sensitivity for narrative and history.


“unswerving and affectionate eye” and his ability to elevate “both the idea of human identity represented through the photographic portrait and the idea of cultural evidence garnered through the traces that everyday things leave behind.”


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