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Following in the footsteps of Allen Ginsberg and his “Snapshot Poetics”, McGinley turned his lens on the bodies and pastimes of his Lower East Side milieu, adding another generation to the History of Photography. This work, from the first years of this century, has given way to Ryan’s subjects running through and falling out of otherworldly utopian landscapes, caverns, forests and deserts; worlds away from the Chinatown tenements he still calls home.Jack Woody, Twin Palms Publisher

Ryan McGinley (b. 1977) is a New York City based photographer. At 25, he was the youngest artist to have a solo show at the Whitney Museum of American Art. One of the hottest photographers of his generation, McGinley lived up to the buildup, making a splash with an energetic, timely, and personal collection of images in his first retrospective monograph, You and I, published by Twin Palms in 2011.

You and I pieces together a careful ten-year overview of McGinley’s work, resulting in a portrait of a generation. Taking us along on his youthful road trip across America, he incorporates the American landscape with nude figures of friends and acquaintances, perpetually falling from buildings, down waterfalls, out of trees, and over cliffs. McGinley said, “In the beginning, all the stuff was documentary, but after a while, I got bored with waiting for things to happen—for someone to light a Christmas tree on fire or take their clothes off and make love.”

Twin Palms publisher, Jack Woody, worked on the compilation for over seven years. He told me (while suppressing a laugh), “Some books just take longer than others.” After viewing the sequencing of the book many times – it was well worth the wait. The images are skillfully edited by Ryan McGinley and Jack Woody and presented in a beautifully printed, clothbound, large format volume with essays by Vince Aletti and Sylvia Wolf, both in English and French.

You and I, the most comprehensive retrospective of Ryan McGinley’s work, has now been reprinted, although there are also a limited quantity of first edition, signed and numbered slipcased copies available.


You and I
Photographs byRyan McGinley

9 x 12 inches
90 four-color plates
196 pages
Second edition $85,
First edition: slipcase $300

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Ryan McGinley

Born on 17 October 1977 in Ramsey, NJ. Lives and works in New York, NY.

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