Maclean’s is one of Canada’s upper-echelon publications. It’s that one news magazine that breaks boundaries with its fantastic editorial, in-depth coverage, and altruistic photography. It’s the latter that made waves last week as part of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.
Maclean’s: Face to Face – an exhibit at the Gladstone Hotel – tells the storied history of Maclean’s most famed portraits of national and international celebrities, newsmakers, and luminaries. It’s an impressive consortium of photographs from some of Canada’s most prolific photographers.
Curated by Maclean’s Director of Photography, Andrew Tolson, and Associate Photo Editor, Natalie Castellino, Face to Face is but a small collection of the famed photos that have graced the pages of Maclean’s during its rich, 108-year history. It allows us to see the world through the eyes of photographers like Peter Bregg, Christopher Wahl, George Pimentel, and Yousuf Karsh – who, might I add, used to be a regular at my dad’s pizza shop back in the 80s.
During a preview night for the exhibit last week, we wandered around the historic Gladstone Hotel marvelling at the expressions, poses, and emotions found within the frames – Albert Einstein’s pensive gaze; David Suzuki looking the part of environmental hippy; a proud and affable Jack Layton seated window-side, contentedly looking towards the distance; Alanis Morissette playing up the grungy Jagged Little Pill persona…
The tell-tale facial lines, the expressions, the joy, pain, energy, faith, composure, eccentricities, neuroses of the subjects resound around the exhibit. Maclean’s: Face to Face is evocative and provocative. It’s a testament to the prolific portraiture that has helped Maclean’s become a nationally recognized and respected publication, and one that has – better than most – profiled the stories of our past, while shaping the tales of our future.
Maclean’s: Face to Face is a micro-collection of famed portraits, and doubles as a teaser for the recently released Maclean’s Portraits, a special collector’s edition of the portraits found within the exhibit. (Available on newsstands now.) An extended edition with nearly 100 portraits from Maclean’s archives is available on iTunes. Maclean’s: Face to Face is viewable at The Gladstone Hotel throughout the duration of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, ending May 31st.
All photos courtesy of Maclean’s Publicity.