Twin Palms, 2011. Second edition of 2,000 copies. Hardcover with dust jacket, 228 x 304 mm, 196 pp., 90 color illustrations. Photographs by Ryan McGinley. Text by Sylvia Wolf, Vince Aletti. Design by Ryan McGinley, Jack Woody, Vance Wellenstein.
Ryan McGinley has selected the best photographs from his first decade of work for this beautifully realized volume. McGinley makes large-scale color photographs of his friends, a group that forms part of New York’s Lower East Side youth culture. He uses photography to break down barriers between public and private spheres of activity. His subjects are willing collaborators: drawn from skateboard, music, and graffiti subcultures, they perform for the camera and expose themselves with a frank self-awareness that is distinctly contemporary.
McGinley’s newest work signals a departure from the urban youth culture images for which he is best known; he has been working in natural settings outside New York City, creating specific situations for his subjects to lose themselves in the moment. McGinley embraces nature as a site of freedom and captures a sense of buoyancy and release.