MAGGIE TAYLOR (AMERICAN, b. 1961)
Maggie Taylor received her BA degree in philosophy from Yale University in 1983 and her MFA degree in photography from the University of Florida in 1987. After more than ten years as a still-life photographer, she began to use the computer to create her images in 1996. Her work is featured in Adobe Photoshop Master Class: Maggie Taylor's Landscape of Dreams, published by Adobe Press in 2005; Solutions Beginning with A, Modernbook Editions, Palo Alto, 2007; and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Modernbook Editions, Palo ALto, 2008. Taylor's images have been exhibited in one-person exhibitions throughout the U.S. and abroad and are in numerous public and private collections including The Art Museum, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ; The Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; and The Museum of Photography, Seoul, Korea. In 1996 and 2001 she received State of Florida Individual Artist's Fellowships. In 2004 she won the Santa Fe Center for Photography's Project Competition. She lives in Gainesville, Florida.
Becoming “increasingly interested in inventing my own world in front of the camera,” Maggi Taylor began her photographic career through the use of old snapshots, objects, and bits of text to create three-dimensional collages which she then photographed. What resulted were surreal,intriguing and often whimsical images, created through a combination of these various elements and, more recently, Adobe Photoshop, for whom she also does graphic work. Since 1986 Taylor has worked exclusively with still-life arrangements. Taylor has said that she wishes “the viewer to experience a convergence of factual memory and fictional daydream similar to my own.”