ryan mcginley lives and works in new york.
new jersey native ryan mcginley began documenting his friends and lower east side subculture in new york city when he was a teenager. the fine art community took notice of his work when he printed a fifty-page, inkjet book entitled the kids are alright in 1999. his large-format color photographs soon graced the walls of the whitney museum of american art, where he was the youngest person ever, at the age of 25, to be given a solo exhibition.
mcginley’s work has since appeared in prestigious publications such as the new york times magazine, allowing him to broaden his subject-matter to include olympic athletes, artists and other visionaries in their familiar settings. a subsequent exhibition at p.s.1/moma established him as one of america’s preeminent young photographers. his newest photographs, shot mainly in natural settings and focused on subjects interacting spontaneously, is a testament to his ever-evolving aesthetic and maturity as an artist.