Patty Maher is an internationally recognized, award winning fine art and conceptual photographer based in Caledon, Ontario. The inspiration for her photography comes from an exploration of storytelling in both natural and urban settings. Working primarily through staged self-portraiture and portraiture, Patty Maher is widely known for hiding or obscuring the faces of her subjects using only posture, gesture, symbol and colour to convey emotion and story. Her photography disrupts the boundaries between real life and the otherworldly, the surreal and the fantastic, and envisions the world in a transformative light. In telling these stories she invites the viewer to become a co-creator in meaning, leaving the stories open ended but touching on basic and universal emotions.
Patty Maher was born in Toronto and completed undergraduate and graduate degrees in English Literature at the University of Guelph. Her work as a fine art photographer began in 2010 and since then has been featured and recognized in numerous online and print publications around the world including a video interview with Yahoo Productions created for the series “The Weekly Flickr”. Patty has also received recognition in prestigious photography contests including the PX3 Prie de la Photography Paris, Moscow International Foto Awards, the International Color Awards and the International Photography Awards. Patty has exhibited her work in the U.S., Canada, and Hong Kong. Her work has been published on book covers and in a large number of online and print magazines.