New York: Index Books, 2002. 1st Edition. Slim octavo, publisher's photo-illustrated stiff paper wraps.
Signed first edition of contemporary American photographer Ryan McGinley's earliest professionally published book. Put out by now-defunct Index Books, an imprint of artist Peter Halley's celebrated Index magazine, McGinley's slim monograph scored him his debut show at the Whitney in 2003, the youngest photographer (at 26) to have a solo show at the museum. As McGinley explained in an interview with seesawmagazine.com: "about three months into working for Index, they established Index Books...and they said, 'Your book is already done, you have it all on the computer, and we really love it. Why don’t we publish it?' The turnaround was really fast; I think it took about three weeks... Eventually it ended up on the desk of Sylvia Wolff, the curator of photography at the Whitney. She came down to my studio... I showed her what I was working on that summer...She was interested, so she offered me a show." The exhibition, titled The Kids Are Alright, was named for an earlier self-published photobook, and showcased McGinley's take on youth culture, gleeful and unfettered, in contrast with the anxiously fraught work of predecessors like Nan Goldin and Larry Clark. Illustrated with 46 color and black-and-white plates of photos taken between 1998 and 2001. Signed by McGinley on the title-page beneath his crossed-out printed name. Very light soiling and edgewear. Near fine. Item #2441