Ryan McGinley. Introduction by Bob Nickas. Flasher Factory, New York, 2004. 64 pp. Small quarto. First edition. Stiff printed wrappers. Numerous color reproductions. Printed by Stinehour.
McGinley's now out-of-print second book published on the occasion of a solo show at New York's P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center. While he is best known for capturing intimate and everyday images of his extended family of friends (including skateboarders, graffiti artists, and lovers) in and around the Lower East Side, McGinley shot most of these images in natural settings outside of New York City. For the first time, he had set up situations specifically to be photographed, also creating the conditions in which his subjects could lose themselves in the moment- as when a group of young people climb naked into the upper branches of a tree or float underwater at night. In these new pictures, McGinley has embraced nature as a site of freedom, and he searches for and captures a sense of buoyancy and release.
Slight scuffing to front wrapper; otherwise Fine.