Published Jan 27, 2012Andrew MacNaughtan, a Toronto photographer who made his mark on the Canadian music world by shooting pictures of many of its biggest stars, died on Wednesday (January 25) in Los Angeles. He was 47.
MacNaughtan reportedly died of a heart attack while on assignment with longtime collaborators Rush. The band posted this statement on their Facebook:
We're deeply shocked and heartbroken to learn of the sudden passing of our close friend and long-time photographer, Andrew MacNaughtan. He was a sweet person and a very talented artist. Words cannot describe how much he will be missed.
In addition to some notable non-music stars, MacNaughtan photographed the likes of Bryan Adams, Celine Dion, the Tragically Hip, Sloan, Nickelback, Sarah Harmer, Rufus Wainwright and many more. He won four Juno Awards (for work in both album design and film) and directed music videos.
Just last fall, MacNaughtan branched out of the music world with the photography book Grace: Africa in Photographs, with proceeds going to his own Art Gives Hope charity for African families living with HIV/AIDS.
The Toronto Star has a gallery of some of MacNaughtan's images. See his video for Michael Buble's "Lost" below.