Ryan McGinley’s Photography

Ryan David McGinley, born October 17, 1977 in Ramsey – New Jersey, is the youngest of eight children.
He is an American photographer living in New York City who started his photography in 1998.

Inspired by skateboarders, graffiti writers, musicians, and artists that were considered to be on the “fringes” of society, his style evolved from documenting his friends in real-life situations towards creating settings where the situations he envisions can be documented.

In 2003, at the age of 25, McGinley was one of the youngest artist to have a solo show at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

See more of his work on his official homepage ryanmcginley.com.

“Photography is about freezing a moment in time; McGinley’s is about freezing a stage in a lifetime. Young and beautiful is as fleeting as a camera snap–and thus all the more worth preserving.”

“But his favorite subject remains youth, as his 2008 exhibit, “I Know Where the Summer Goes” proves. In that collection, McGinley’s troupe travels the country as he photographs them, sometimes clothed and often not, while they leap fences, lounge in a desert, play together in a tree.”


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