Ryan McGinley photographs a lot of beautiful people, in the sense of beautiful to photograph, and naked, in the sense of naked.
We remember him on America’s streets, woods, lakes, lights, waterfalls, animals, races and jumps into the void, especially races and jumps into the void.
But if we remove everything and go to find the truest meaning of his photography, just “browse” Yearbook.
YEARBOOK collects a series of studio portraits. McGinley subjects are placed in front of colored backdrops, performing for the camera with a nonchalance and a familiarity that seems the result of long sessions.
McGinley closely crops images around lithe, often tattooed bodies of irreverent subjects, reminiscent of Andy Warhol’s 1960s Screen Tests series. A compulsive attention of the artist towards his subject.