For someone who is only 33 years old, Sylvain Dumais has had his fair share of successful careers. Formerly part of Montreal’s indie music scene, he is now an award-winning photographer, director and animator whose clients include Report on Business Magazine, General Mills and Subway.
Raised in Chicoutimi, 200 kilometres north of Quebec City, he was, by his own admission, “quite a geek” as a kid, with zero interest in sports and an insatiable appetite for doodling on a pad and building stuff out of Lego. Dumais studied engineering technology in CEGEP—mostly because his parents wanted him to pursue something practical—but his growing interest in photography led him to study art, first locally and then in Montreal, after moving to the city in 1999. After one CEGEP semester of art studies in Montreal and a brief enrolment at Concordia University, he quit school and built himself a darkroom. . . .
To see the online portion of the Split Run profile, with Sylvain Dumais’ animation, click here. To see his print work, pick up the July/August 2012 issue of Applied Arts Magazine, now on the newsstand.