Photographer and artist Mia Matthes passed away November 26, 2010 at the age of 90, following a long illness. Well known for her numerous photographic works, published with her husband under the name Mia & Klaus, both artists were recipients of the honoured award, Ordre national du Québec.
Born in Montréal in 1920, Mia Matthes enjoyed a long and brilliant artistic career. After meeting her husband, german-born Klaus Matthes, the couple founded their first studio together in 1958 in Cartierville. Her photographic path led them across the landscapes of Québec, exploring the regional beauty of Charlevoix, the Saint-Laurence River and îles-de-la-Madeleine. Recognized internationally, the couple collaborated with various Canadian Institutions including the National Film Board of Canada and the Ministry of Canadian Foreign Affairs. Notably, the duo also presented three exhibitions in the province of Québec, on the theme China, one of the many countries they visited.
Over the course of more then three decades, the couple published nearly a dozen photography books, the first of which, entitled Bonjour Québec, was published in 1967 by McClelland & Stuart Publications. After the death of Klaus in 1999, Mia continued her passion for photography until the end of her life. Her last book, published just this month entitled Dieu : essai photographique sur la beauté du monde, features a look at 50 years of creative and meditative reflection on life and the beauty of the world.
Mia is survived by four children. Her funeral will be held Saturday, December 4, 2010 in Montréal.