Life Adjustment Centre - Ryan McGinley
It’s been a good year for fans of Ryan’s work.
Just over 12 months ago we saw the release of Moonmilk (now sold out in its second edition) - a series of images shot in massive underground caves and presented in both book form and as a set of huge prints.
Earlier this year Everybody Knows This is Nowhere was released. I reviewed this collection of gorgeous black and white portraits as soon as I received it and the book remains a favourite to look through, if only to soak up the fabulous studio lighting.
I haven’t updated this site for just over a week simply because I’ve had nothing new arrive. That changed earlier today when Life Adjustment Centre landed on my desk.
This new book - published by Dashwood Books - presents two distinct series of photographs. First, an extension of Everybody Knows This is Nowhere in which animals are included in the shots. If Everybody Knows This is Nowhere represented a change in direction from Ryan’s well known outdoor work, these images bring the outdoor into the studio in the form of these wild creatures.
The second series - which is intermingled with the first, as if to further emphasise the meeting of the old and the new Ryan - is a continuation of his early work taken on his infamous road trips across America. This is currently the most accessible way to get hold of this work in print and I recommend the book highly on this basis.
Dashwood have done another great job in publishing this and the staff were as friendly as always when I ordered it. The printing and finish are excellent and my only quibble is that some of the images weren’t as big as I would have liked (but this is always a problem when trying to include landscape images in a portrait orientation book).
My favourite photo in the book is Amanda (Railroad) 2010 but the whole thing is really rather good.