IT WAS THE EARLY YEARS OF THE MILLENNIUM AND WHILE PHOTOGRAPHERS LIKE NAN GOLDIN AND LARRY CLARK WERE BUSY SHOWING THE DISPUTES OF YOUNG PEOPLE IN METROPOLITAN INTIMACY MADE OF DRUGS, PROMISCUITY AND EXTREME SCENARY,
AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHER RYAN MCGINLEY, IN TOTAL CONTRAST, STARTS TO SPREAD THE SERIES “THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT” THROUGH WHICH PASSES THE MESSAGE THAT THE WORLD IS FULL OF YOUNG PEOPLE WHO ARE “GOOD” AND, BEYOND THEIR PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS, IT’S ENOUGH THEIR WILL TO LIVE AND CHEERFULNESS TO MAKE THEM ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL.
Now we are in 2015, fashion photography and aesthetic are obsessed with beauty, often non-canonical, about a youth outside the box, free, pure, simple and yet powerful, enough to send upside down years and years construction, tricks and Photoshop.
Ryan McGinley uses breathtaking natural landscapes in which light and color create absolute perfection, and at the very center puts his nudes: Nature and the natural beauties, girls and boys who seem to belong totally to their surroundings, splendid with their subtle imperfections and genuine expressions.
This month McGinley released his new book Way Far, result of his legendary road trips with friends and models, in search of the most spectacular locations.
Also he dedicates two projects to cold seasons: Fall, which celebrates the colors honoring the very force of nature, and Winter, in which the focus is of course on the bodies bruised and scratched by the cold, in a landscape of ice age.
Text by Sara Kaufman