I'm making the art for me first. I'm making it because these are the pictures I want to see. I'm making pictures that don't yet exist.

-Ryan McGinley
Ryan McGinley

I'm just a photographer, not a movie star.

Ryan McGinley
All my work, really, is based on my brothers and sisters. I had so many adventures with them and a big part of the work is to recreate those. It's easy for me to be around a lot of people, because I can retreat. I can watch everything.
Ryan McGinley

I've been attracted to Kate Moss since I was a teenager.

Ryan McGinley
My photographs are a celebration of life, fun and the beautiful. They are a world that doesn't exist. A fantasy. Freedom is real. There are no rules. The life I wish I was living.
Ryan McGinley

Everyone I'm photographing, I feel like I'm remaking a family, in a way. My brothers and sisters are my heroes. So many of my models resemble them.

Ryan McGinley
Most of the e-mails I get nowadays are from students who ask me how I got my start. In truth its from having a really supportive family but also having a good patron who will help you - like financing all those early trips I took.
Ryan McGinley

I have absolutely no interest in creating depressing images.

Ryan McGinley
I can work with shyness, but for the most part I want people to feel comfortable with me. It's really more about the photographer feeing comfortable right when they walk in that makes the subject feel comfortable.
Ryan McGinley

It's weird being a photographer because you really have to divorce yourself from the image.

Ryan McGinley
I don't want to be an artist that gets stuck doing one thing. I don't want to be an artist who people look back at and say, 'His early work was really great.