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Maggie Taylor: A digital artist in San Miguel

By Jim D. McKeever

Maggie Taylor, one of the most well-known digital artists and photographers in the world, is coming to San Miguel de Allende to present her work and sign copies of her new book. Taylor, a Yale University graduate in philosophy, started experimenting with photography during her days at Yale by taking an undergraduate course in photography.  She later received her MFA in photography from the University of Florida.  She began her professional work in photography in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s by shooting collages of found objects and old photographs with traditional cameras and film.

Maggie Taylor:  No Ordinary Days
Book signing and reception with the artist
Sat, Dec 28, 5-8pm
Camino Silvestre Casa
Correo 43, Centro

It was in early ‘90s that Taylor’s career took off after her husband, photographer Jerry Uelsmann, received a request from the digital imaging innovator Adobe® to see if he would try using their program Photoshop® to create images.  It did not interest Uelsmann, but Taylor fell in love with the technology.  The flatbed scanner has become her main camera, capturing images of found objects, goldfish, butterflies, old photographs, birds, eggs… as long as it fits on her scanner, it is fair game.   A simple point-and-shoot camera supplies other digital images.   She then creates pastel drawings and scans them, adding to her palette of scanned images that she uses to create her famously lush and rich photographic images.

As Maggie puts it, “essentially, I take found objects and old black-and-white photographs and recycle or reinvent them, letting them evoke a visually rich story…. I want the viewer to engage and recollect, almost like entering a stage set or a scene from a dream.”

Maggie Taylor’s digital images include painstaking work with hundreds and hundreds of layers of images, encompassing many weeks, and often months, of work to create her art.  A large representation of her work is shown in her new book, No Ordinary Days, a rich collection of 120 of her images from 1998-2012.  Taylor’s work has been featured in exhibitions throughout the world.  Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Maggie now lives in Gainesville, Florida.

She and her husband, Jerry, will be at Camino Silvestre Casa on December 28 to sign copies of her book at a reception for her work.   A large amount of her work will be on display at the store on Correo.


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