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 always interested in an atmosphere where dreams and reality mingle on equal terms.

Ryan McGinley
Just having the camera, being able to pull back from situations and be an observer, it saved my life... I realised I could find these intimate moments and that people trusted me. That, basically, my camera was magic.
Ryan McGinley

I want to venture into film more, and I think that a nice way to transition into doing that would be a documentary. I think it would be interesting to find one person that really fascinated me or maybe a band and travel with them, but I don't think I could do it like I used to do it.

Ryan McGinley
I went through a pretty big David Bowie period when I was younger, and that has affected me profoundly in my life and my work.
Ryan McGinley

I know that my mind is so A.D.D., and I want instant gratification - and photography can provide me with that - but at some point, I want to make an independent feature.

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

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.

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

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
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.