RYAN MCGINLEY: MIRROR MIRROR

by Talulah Brown

Ryan McGinley’s, “Mirror Mirror” Cover

Ryan McGinley’s, “Mirror Mirror” Cover

Ryan McGinley is an acclaimed photographer who has been carving a creative path for himself since he began taking pictures in 1988. By focusing on his friends and peers, McGinley’s work bleeds intimacy as he plays with themes of freedom and youth. His last book, The Kids Were Alright, documented his early gritty years in downtown New York and solidified his role as a storyteller. His work has been shown in numerous galleries and museums internationally, and is collected by the Guggenheim Museum, New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Most recently, McGinley asked his friends and colleagues, who were each given detailed instructions and a camera, to take nude self portraits using mirrors and other props. That along with contributions by Carlo McCormick, an American culture critic and curator, these portraits became a book, Mirror Mirror. Although the images are not taken by McGinley himself, the handpicked collection embodies his signature depth and celebrates the psychical. The book, comprised of 240 pages of 200 color photographs, will be released by Rizzoli.