Since bursting onto the scene eight years ago as one of the hottest young photographers in town, Ryan McGinley continues to produce enduring images that focus on the energy and enthusiasm of youth. In his latest show entitled "I Know Where the Summer Goes" (a title taken from an early B-side by Belle and Sebastian), McGinley continues to move from his original casual snapshot-style photography to a more elaborate and calculated production.
In the summer of 2007, for example, McGinley traveled throughout the U.S. with sixteen models and three assistants, shooting 4,000 rolls of film, which was then narrowed down to a body of work of about fifty images. As part of this journey across the country, the very specific itinerary would bring the troupe through a range of landscapes. Finding inspiration in the nudist magazines of the 60s and early 70s, McGinley would sit with his models and look through material from that period, discussing the mood he was hoping to capture that day. The resulting images show naked men and women playing and living outdoors in an innocent and erotic way, and often integrate special effects, especially fireworks and smoke machines.
In 2007, the 30-year-old McGinley won the International Center of Photography's Young Artist of the Year award. "I Know Where the Summer Goes" opens tonight at Team Gallery in New York and runs to 3 May 2008. See more photos after the jump.