New York Times Exhbition: Ryan McGinley

After going to the Aperture Gallery yesterday, I am beginning to feel inspired for my own photography assignment. While the entire exhibition was extremely fascinating, there was one part of the exhibition that stood out to me personally, and truly piqued my interest.

I especially enjoyed Ryan McGinley’s coverage of the 2010 Winter Olympics. Considering that I have decided to shoot skateboarding for my own photo assignment, I found his work particularly captivating. They were beautiful and whimsical; almost watercolour-like. Many of is photos captured the athlete from extreme angles, yet he depicted depicted each photo with a peaceful, wintery haziness; this created a very strong juxtaposition between the extreme danger of the sport, and their sport as an art-form.

Evan Lysaacek, 2010 Olymic Figure skater from “Up!” “Shooting Evan Lysacek, I got as close as I could. I remember my assistants saying: “You’ve got the pull back man. That guy’s skate is literally a foot from your head.” I thought: “I don’t care, I’ll take one for the team if I have to, if it gets us a good photo!” And in this photograph, you feel the ice skate blade going right over the camera – it’s just cutting through the film almost.”

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The entire photo essay “The Highfliers” can be seen online:

I dove a little deeper into Ryan McGinley’s work when I got home. It is stunning.  Oddly enough, action sports is not Ryan McGinley’s typical subject matter. Perhaps this is why I was so drawn to his work. It veers from the typical crisp, intense photos we typically see and lends a softer eye to extreme sports.

GQ Magazine even called him “The Most Important Photographer in America”… Take a look at his other work and decide for yourself:

Oh yeah, he also went to PARSONS!


I hope that today’s visits the the MOMA and Whitney will bring even more inspiration.




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