American publisher Rizzoli just released the first major monograph about Ryan McGinley whose work has been recognized for the past ten years. Through his viewfinder, we rediscover the intimacy of his generation, photographed with brio. In 2000, Ryan McGinley turned 22. He organized his first exhibition in an abandoned Soho studio and self-published his first book, Kids are Alright. The youth who posed or simply appeared were amateur collaborators: street artists, skateboarders, musicians, hetero or homosexual couple. Quickly, art critics and curators, including the respected Sylvia Wolf (Whitney Museum) recognized the young photographer’s talent and the beauty of his pictures. Humble, natural, marvelously well-framed pictures where carelessness becomes a religion and nudity, a door to freedom.
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