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Ryan McGinley, since the earliest days of his unparalleled career, has chronicled his friends and cohorts. Whether on the now legendary annual road trips he has organised with a large coterie of twenty-somethings documenting summertime exploits or documenting the early gritty years in downtown New York, McGinley is known as the consummate storyteller about freedom and abandon of youth. A few years ago, however, he wanted to challenge his creative habits and asked more than one hundred of his friends and colleagues - guided by detailed instructions and a camera given to them by the artist - to take nude self-portraits using mirrors and other props. Though related to the ubiquitous selfie, the participants didn't have the benefit of seeing the image before they clicked the shutter. Furthermore, McGinley would make the selection of the final image to represent the photo session. The experiment yielded scores of intimate and psychologically revealing photos that - even though not done by his own hand - bear some signature McGinley flourishes in their emotional depth and resonance.

 

Details

ISBN: 9780847863471
Audience: General
Format: Hardback
Number of Pages: 216
Publication Date: 9 Oct 2018
Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications
Publication City, Country: New York, United States
Dimensions (cm): 27.9(H) x 21.6(L)

 

Reviews

Think of this as a masterclass given by one of today's most influential photographers, one of the youngest artists to have a solo show at the Whitney Museum of American Art. McGinley, who uses his friends as subjects, now puts the power in their hands along with detailed instructions on how to capture intimate selfies without the benefit of seeing themselves before the click. --Indulge

The beauty of Mirror Mirror is in its layers of reflection, beginning with the most visible markers of gender, race, age, and body type, before delving beneath the surface. --Huck Online

Anyone who recognizes McGinley's unvarnished depiction of freewheeling youth (The Kids Were Alright, You and I, Body Loud) will recognize the through line of this volume, even though not all photographs were by McGinley. The artist asked more than 100 of his friends to take self-portraits that he then compiled -- they were each given a camera and guided by specific instructions (they had to be naked, using mirrors and other props directed by McGinley). The result is a controlled exuberance that's of a piece with his earlier work. --New York Magazine

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. --Flaunt

From shooting drug-fueled downtown NYC denizens for the early days of VICE magazine to Brad Pitt tumbling down sand dunes for GQ style, Ryan McGinley has always had an innate ability to capture his cohorts in moments that are at once visceral and strangely poignant. This go-round, the celebrated photographer asked more than 100 friends and colleagues (whom he provided with a camera and detailed instructions) to shoot nude portraits of themselves using mirrors and other props. McGinley himself then chose which image of each subject to publish. Impactful, intimate work, that, while not shot by his own hand, is very much in keeping with the traditions of his aesthetic.
--Inside Hook

 

Author Biography

Ryan McGinley is an acclaimed photographer who began taking photographs in 1998. In 2003, at the age of 25, McGinley became one of the youngest artists to have a solo show at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. He was named Photographer of the Year by American Photo Magazine that same year. In 2007, he received the Young Photographer Infinity Award from the International Centre of Photography. His work has been shown in numerous galleries and museums internationally, and is part of the collections in the Guggenheim Museum, New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Ariana Reines is a New York-based poet and writer.

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