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You and I Hardcover – December 21, 2011
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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