Maggie Taylor in San Miguel
By Zack Popovsky
Maggie Taylor, a world-renowned photographer and digital artist, is coming to San Miguel de Allende for the first time to present her work at Camino Silvestre Casa and to sign copies of her recent book, No Ordinary Days. Maggie has been working as a professional photographer since the late ‘80s when she began creating collages out of old photographs and objects she would find, photographing them with a traditional film camera. The tools of her craft changed in the early ‘90s when she began using Photoshop® and a flatbed scanner to create her works. She scans anything from goldfish to old photographs creating collages with hundreds of complex layers that incorporate her own sketches. The scanner has become her camera, and along with her small digital point-and-shoot camera, she makes her masterful, surrealist photographic images in her studio in Florida, sometimes taking months to create one image.
Maggie Taylor, photographer/digital artist
Reception and book signing
Sat, Apr 19, 6–8 pm
Camino Silvestre Casa
Correo 43 (corner of Chiquitos)
Maggie’s work transcends the art world, since aside from being an incredible artist, she has also helped shape one of the most popular imaging softwares in history, Photoshop®. Adobe has worked closely with Maggie since she began using the software, publishing books on her process as well as molding some of the program’s features around the needs and requirements of Maggie and her work.
Most artists want to be labeled “photographers” or “digital artists”; Taylor has bridged that gap. She has managed to create images that, while digitally assembled, are in fact photographs. They become a visual translation of her dreams.
In an interview with Photoshop.com, when asked to describe her style, Maggie said “I am interested in creating a cohesive, visual, believable space that the viewer can visually enter. So, I do not use a lot of transparency or create a space that is too visually complex. Ideally, I want the images to invite the viewer to engage and recollect, almost like entering a stage set or a scene from a dream.”
Like her husband, photographer Jerry Uelsmann, Maggie has managed time and again to create visually stunning images by combining many (sometimes hundreds) of images. Taylor juxtaposes, manipulates and layers these images to create her surrealistic works.
Maggie Taylor, simply said, is a pioneer and one of the most important digital artists in the world. And nothing shows this more clearly than her book No Ordinary Days, which contains 120 of her vivid and imaginative works of art. The book spans Taylor’s photographs from 1998–2012.
She will be at Camino Silvestre Casa on April 19 to sign copies of her book at a reception for her work.