Actively a part of the culture he photographs, Ryan McGinley documents life at the crossroads of adolescence and young adulthood. He looks to hip-hop, graffiti, the East Village gay scene, underground nightlife, and the everyday diversions of his friends for inspiration. Cleverly arranged and assembled in books, Ryan produced 100 handmade copies of his first book, The Kids Are Alright, on his home computer and sent them to his best friends and admired artists.
Since graduating from Parsons School of Design in 2001, McGinley continues to photograph his friends and is the photo editor at Vice magazine. He has published his work in The Fader, Index, V, and Vice. His first solo exhibition, The Kids Are Alright, opened in at the Whitney Museum of American Art in NY in 2003. McGinley is one of fifty artists included in Beautiful Losers: Contemporary Art and Street Culture shown at the Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnati.