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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 198 pages
  • Publisher: Twin Palms Publishers (December 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931885516
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931885515
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 9.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #362,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It has selections that range from his early to most recent work.
Timothy Haugh
I knew almost every photo from Ryan's website, but having an actual book makes all the difference.
oz barak
The book is beautifully designed (a trait of Twin Palms) and the quality of paper is first class.
Grady Harp

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By chris_d on February 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
So finally one of the most anticipated photo books of the last years has arrived. I was really looking forward to the book to get some of McGinley's older iconic images. As far as the image selection concerns, I am very satisfied. But as I have the two Dashwood books "Life adjustment center" and "Everybody...", I can understand the disappointment of other people, as there is not a single picture from the latter title and none of his B&W works in general.

I have read former reviews in which the paper and the printing quality are praised, so I was looking forward to seeing some of my favorite pictures in large size and great printing, but I absolutely can't agree. The paper is not bad, but just average, but I am more disappointed about the below-average printing quality: you can see the printing raster in each picture, the pictures seem blurred and some colors are unnatural. I know that the play with intense colors and deliberately blurred pictures are some of McGinley's intended stylistic traits, but comparing some of the same pictures in "Life Adjustment Center" to the printing in this book, I can clearly see quality differences. Twin Palms state on their website: "Our books are recognized for high-quality papers and printing", but I cannot agree. Just compare the paper and the whole production of the two Dashwood books if you have the opportunity, and you will realize that this is definitely not a very sophisticated production (on the other hand, the pictures in "Life..." are really small, too small, which is, at least from my point of view, not an uncommon problem, e.g. see "Early Color" by Saul Leiter, Slimane's Anthology, the Steidl reprint of Baltz' "Prototype Works" and so on).

I know that Twin Palms are able to do much better, as shown e.g.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Buffy on January 11, 2012
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Beautiful 'best of' collection featuring photographs from the past 10 years by Ryan McGinley. I'm usually not a fan of greatest hits type books but this is an exception. The material is cohesive and provides the best look in print at the various bodies of works he has produced. Production-wise this is first class with excellent color reproductions and a quality hardcover binding. There is another McGinley 'best of' collection due this spring so it will be interesting to see how the two books compare. For the time being this is the best McGinley book published to date and highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Will Van Beckum on February 1, 2012
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I have been anticipating this book for a long time and it does not disappoint. Ninety beautifully reproduced color plates, offering a comprehensive view of this young artist's exuberant work. Images included from the early the Kids are Alright, as well as Moonmilk, Life Adjustment Center, and Somewhere Place. Insightful essays by Vince Aletti and Sylvia Wolf.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 16, 2012
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It is such a pleasure to see new books coming out of Twin Palms Press! This impressive volume of large color photographs by the inimitable Ryan McGinley delivers a large spectrum of his work. Those familiar with the artist's output will find many old favorites here as well as some new works that are tantalizing: those unfamiliar with McGinley's special talent will likely become a solid fan after reading (essays by Sylvia Wolf and Vince Aletti) and perusing the celebration of life that jumps off these pages. The book is beautifully designed (a trait of Twin Palms) and the quality of paper is first class.

Ryan McGinley makes large-scale color photographs of his friends. In the past this group has been focused on New York's Lower East Side youth culture - or subcultures such as skateboard, graffiti, various music groups - young people who seem happy to perform for and expose themselves willingly for McGinley's friendly camera. This volume also includes celebrities he has photographed like Kate Moss, Lady Gaga and Tilda Swinton, while remaining true to his original aesthetic. His latest images are from venues 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. The results form portraits of a generation that is savvy about visual culture and acutely aware of how identity can be communicated through photography.

In McGinley's words, `I'm always being surprised, that's what's fun about being a photographer. You never know what people are going to do or how things are going to end up looking. If I knew what I was going to get from the beginning, that would be boring. That's why I set up very active, kind of chaotic shoots.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Haugh TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 18, 2012
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Though by no means an expert, I enjoy photography. I usually come to a photographer by seeing a photograph I really like and then tracking down the one who made it. As I recall, I first saw a photograph of McGinley's in an issue of Time Out New York, advertising his show at the Whitney. (That photograph is reproduced in this volume as #64--Lizzy, 2002.) I was so intrigued by that photo that I went to see the Whitney show and have been following McGinley's work ever since.

The thing I think I like most about McGinley's work is the importance of motion in it. The way the figures jump and run and fall seems to capture the youthful energy of the people he captures. Even when the figures are still, they seem to be at rest after some sort of exertion. This dynamism in his work just draws the eye. And his use of color in his photos, if not always quite natural, does not generally stray into garishness or surrealism, which would turn me off.

Overall this is a very nice collection of McGinley's work. It has selections that range from his early to most recent work. It is one of the best collections of photographs I have seen recently and I would recommend it highly to both fans and those who are new to his work.
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