What happens when animals are the subject and humans the object?
The answer is in the recent work of the American photographer and filmmaker Ryan Mcginley. In his last photography series Animals, the artist explored the interaction between animals and man. By the way, if we want to be precise, the last one (man) is an animal as well.
The naked bodies, one of Mcginley mark of factory, are used as a background where non-human creatures of every kind are displayed on. Birds, goats, snakes, monkeys and others, nibble, hug, bite and grasp the models, creating a situation of both tension and tenderness between the couple.
The result is a series of funny but also disturbing, pictures. All the pictures are not settled before, but only the initial position is suggested by the photographer, who allows the interaction to develop without restrictions, photographing the outcome.
Based on the Animals series, it was created in Tokyo the event “McGinley’s Zoo“, a one-day project held inside a closed photo studio. Almost 200 participants registered to pose individually either with clothing or naked. Participants could also choose which animal pose with and all the photos were shot by the artist with an iPhone at the price of $75.
In todays’s scene, Ryan Mcginley is absolutely one of the most influential photographers. In 2003, At the age of 25 years old, he became well known for being the youngest artist to get a personal show to the Whitney Museum of Art. After a discharge of photographic prizes McGinley begun collaborations for magazines, newspapers and musical band among which the Icelanders Sigur Rós, that made him famous also overseas. If you want to admire his works, you can find McGinley’s photos in the collections of The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C., and many others.