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Photos from Ryan McGinley: You and I

Photos from Ryan McGinley: You and I

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The good news is that Ryan McGinley's You and I has been reprinted. That's it. There is no bad news.

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If you are just coming across Ryan McGinley's photographs of his mostly naked, and slightly asexual friends for the first time you might think, How derivative. But maybe you don't know that McGinley is the founder of this look. His photographs have an offhanded, "I don't care" quality while being very contemporary at the same time. There is an ecstatic of-the-moment sense to each image.

Meanwhile other photographers, advertising executives, and major corporations have been appropriating his look and feel in a sincere form of flattery.

McGinley, at 25, was one of the youngest artists to have a solo show at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and since then it has been a life of rarefied shoots with the likes of Tilda Swinton and a lot of cute skateboarders. There is a cool freedom and energy to his work, like people having the life you wish you had lived.

You and I is the most comprehensive retrospective of Ryan McGinley's work to date. The images are skillfully edited by McGinley and Jack Woody and presented in a beautifully printed, clothbound, large format volume with essays by Vince Aletti and Sylvia Wolf.

Check out the Twin Palms Publishers site for more information on this book as well as its entire catalog.

Ryan McGinley: You and I (Twin Palms Publishers)


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Christopher Harrity is the Manager of Online Production for Here Media, parent company to The Advocate and Out. He enjoys assembling online features on artists and photographers, and you can often find him poring over the mouldering archives of the magazines.
Christopher Harrity is the Manager of Online Production for Here Media, parent company to The Advocate and Out. He enjoys assembling online features on artists and photographers, and you can often find him poring over the mouldering archives of the magazines.