PHOTOGRAPHER & CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Fashion and Beauty Photographer | Editorial Commercial Photographer | Image Maker
With a background in the arts and graphic design, Arline entered the world of fashion photography in 1987. Since then she has lived and worked throughout Europe including France, Germany and Austria contributing to fashion magazines, advertising agencies and designers as photographer and artistic director. Currently she is based in Toronto, which she calls home.
A true image-maker, her immersion and passion for all aspects of fashion and her perspective on female models- as fragile beauties exuding inner strength- mark her vision. Her ability to convey a mood through lighting, evocative captures and mastery of technique is what has distinguished Malakian's work.
Very early on, her distinctive artistic approach to her commercial and editorial work was recognized in the French Photo Magazine (Dec. 2002).
She is a storyteller with en pointe current ingredients and a sense of chaotic, sensorial and cerebral harmony engaging the observer to participate past the glossy aesthetics and trends.
Malakian's intuitive grasp of style, fashion, design and visual expression, as well as her inquisitive mind and affinity to people, naturally fuel her creative direction.
As an artist, Arline's work explores a theme that is questioning the ephemeral "now"; subsequently the blurred line between observed reality and connection; the fleeting moment's lasting impressions. Her artistic ambition inspired her to participate and create numerous exhibitions including "Goddesses" (photography exhibit, Art Gallery of Ontario,1999), "Non Vital" (photography exhibit, Paris, 2001), "Undying Spirit" (a two year plus photographic chronicle in Armenia exhibited in Yerevan, Armenia, 2004), "The Gaze" (a painterly photographic series of 24 tableaux 2007 Toronto); "Impressions" (a series of 16 deconstructed and stylized photographs; Toronto 2012/13) and "Les Dames De Jeux" (abstracted portraiture 2014)."Body Talk" (a series of Black and White nude photographs created during the pandemic confinement, refracting the shapeless bond between two performers/photographers; Toronto 2021).
CEO & VISUAL STRATEGIST
AM Visual Communications is a s a visual branding studio founded by Arline Malakian in 2013, catering to fashion, marketing and lifestyle related labels and operations where she is the acting director and visual strategist.
A frequent lecturer on Art and Photography, Arline is currently a professor at the college Seneca @ York, teaching creativity and mentoring in the Photography department (2015 to present).
A few of Arline's publications and TV specials include: Sweet Guillautine (self-published booklet with European distribution, 1999); Behind the Lens, a documentary on photographers and their philosophies (Bravo! 2002); Beauty Quest, a documentary sponsored by Dove where she was the host and photographer for pilot program on W Network with global distribution (2005); and an interview with the photographer about the work, her passions and contributions to society in Panorama (2006).
Co-author of the book Be A Woman (2008), Arline also published an art book on the series THE GAZE in 2010 based on the art created in 2007, crowning her 20-year career in photography.