(October 17, 1977 - living) U.S.A.
Ryan McGinley was born in Ramsey, New Jersey. He is an artist photographer from New York City. He studied graphic design at New York's Parsons School of Design and Visual Arts, graduating in 2000.
In 1999 he sent 100 magazine editors and artists he admired a 50-page book of photographs he had produced on his desktop computer entitled The Kids Are Alright. The book consisted of exuberantly bacchanalian images of his friends and lovers in New York City. In these images, fellow artists like Hannah Liden, Dan Colen, Dash Snow and Emily Sundblad masturbate, roll joints, tag walls, and scamper naked in the woods.
But the humanity and poetry of his predecessors' work came from the pathos, pain and gallows-humor in their images, whereas the grittiness in McGinley's photographs glowed with the exuberant bliss of being young, hot and acting out. The day that Index magazine received the book, they called McGinley to fly to Berlin and shoot for editorial.
At 24 he was the youngest artist to have a solo show in New York's Whitney Museum of American Art. He has also had solo shows at New York's PS1 and in Spain at the MUSAC in Leon.
In 2007 he was awarded the Young Photographer Infinity award by the International Center for Photography. In 2008, the Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós used one of McGinley's images for their fifth album. The video for the first track from the album, "Gobbledigook", is also inspired by his work.
Ryan currently lives and works in New York, NY.
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