Arnaud Maggs’ After Nadar: Pierrot Turning is part of the larger After Nadar series of self-portraits recalling Nadar’s mid-1850s photographs of the mime Charles Deburau. It features Maggs dressed in costume as Pierrot, pivoting for the camera just as his own subjects had done so many times for him. Always one for layers of historical reference, the piece also alludes to a Nadar self-portrait from ca. 1864.
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