© Ryan McGinley - Musician Maya Arulpragasam (M.I.A.). From ‘Maya take to the streets’, published May 30, 2010
For over thirty years, the New York Times Magazine has presented the myriad possibilities and applications of photography. The New York Times Magazine Photographs is an exhibition that reflects upon and interrogates the very nature of both photography and print magazines at this pivotal moment in their history and evolution.
The exhibition is cocurated by Kathy Ryan, longtime Photo Editor of the Magazine, and Lesley A. Martin, Publisher of Aperture Books. The Aperture-produced exhibition is comprised of eleven individual modules, each of which focuses on a notable project or series of projects that have been presented in the pages of the Magazine. The featured projects mirror the Magazine’s eclecticism, presenting seminal examples of reportage, portraiture, as well as fine art photography. Using visual materials drawn from different stages of the commissioning process—shot lists, work prints and contact sheets, videos, tear sheets, and framed prints—the Magazine’s collaborative methodology is revealed from initial idea to the published page, and, in some cases, continues beyond magazine publication, when an exploration that began as an assignment has become a part of a photographer’s ongoing work. In sum, these layers reveal the Magazine’s unique position as a venue for visual storytelling and a unique forum for the cross-pollination of photographic genres.
The book, The New York Times Magazine Photographs, published by Aperture will appear alongside the exhibition.
Image : © Ryan McGinley