10 stunning portraits of legendary Canadians

From Leonard Cohen to Margaret Atwood, photographer Chris Buck has shot some of the country’s most beloved personalities. His gorgeous portraits are invariably witty — with just the right touch of weird.

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The Toronto-raised photographer Chris Buck is known for celebrity portraits — of everyone from Barack Obama to Lena Dunham — that are just a bit off. “I think it’s a Canadian thing,” he says. “My goal is to make these pretentious pictures that are dark and mysterious, but then my Canadian humour gets in there. It’s a little smart-ass and a little dry, so you mix that with the darkness and it becomes another thing.” This month, three decades of his work are collected in a glossy new coffee table tome, Uneasy. Here are some of our favourite shots from the book, along with behind-the-scenes commentary from Buck.

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