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Ryan McGinley: ‘Everyone Looks Sexier With Their Clothes On’

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Ryan McGinley. (Courtesy PatrickMcMullan.com)

With Rizzoli releasing Ryan McGinley’s first major monograph this month, titled Ryan McGinley: Whistle for the Wind, Bullett magazine decided to profile the artist for its summer “Sin” issue. In the article, the itinerant artist, who is known for photographing young people while they are nude and doing things like climbing trees and riding in trucks, says that he is often confused for a pornographer.

Two snippets from the piece:

“I love photographing people nude,” says McGinley, who’s wearing a pair of jeans and a blue sweater zipped up to his neck. “I think most people look at it sexually, but I think everyone looks sexier with their clothes on. For me, making photographs is the least sexual thing ever.”

“The thought that my work might be titillating or shocking never crosses my mind,” he says.“But when people stumble upon me shooting stuff on the road, they’re usually like, ‘Are you filming a porno?’ A similar thing happens when I’m editing photographs next to someone on an airplane. I have a privacy screen now.”