The New York Times Magazine Photographs

For over thirty years, the weekly New York Times Magazine has shaped the possibilities of magazine photography, through its commissioning and publishing of photographers’ work across the spectrum of the medium, from photojournalism to fashion photography and portraiture. In this exhibition, focusing primarily on the past fifteen years, long-time New York Times Magazine Photo Editor Kathy Ryan provides a behind-the-scenes look at the collaborative, creative processes that have made this magazine the leading venue for photographic storytelling within contemporary news media.

The exhibition is comprised of ten individual modules, each of which focuses on a notable project or series of projects that has been presented in the pages of the Magazine. The featured projects mirror the Magazine‘s eclecticism, presenting seminal examples of reportage and portraiture as well as fine art photography.

Kuwait Oil Fields, Sebastião Salgado; Dream House, Gregory Crewdson; Assignment: Times Square, featuring Chuck Close, Mary Ellen Mark, and Larry Towell; Olympic Portraiture, Ryan McGinley; Korengal Valley Afghanistan, Lynsey Addario; A Response to 9/11, featuring Andres Serrano and Steve McCurry; Great Performers, featuring Hellen van Meene and Rineke Dijkstra; Fashion Crossovers, featuring Lee Friedlander, Nan Goldin, and Jeff Koons; Where the Protons Will Play, Simon Norfolk; Conflict Photography, Paolo Pellegrin.

The exhibition also includes contextualizing reading material for all the projects on exhibit, and an extensive series of selected tearsheets and covers from the last thirty years of the Magazine.

Curated by Kathy Ryan and Lesley A. Martin.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

[video credit: Foam]

The exhibition consists of 126 works by thirty-five artists spread over ten modules. Contextual material includes contact sheets, snapshots, six video works, personal correspondence, tear sheets and original magazines that offer further insight into the creative process. Artists are: Lynsey Addario, David Armstrong, Lyle Ashton Harris, Roger Ballen, Lillian Bassman, Chuck Close, Fred Conrad, Gregory Crewdson, Philip Lorca diCorcia, Rineke Dijkstra, Mitch Epstein, Angel Franco, Lee Friedlander, Nan Goldin, Edward Keating, Jeff Koons, Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, Annie Leibovitz, Mary Ellen Mark, Steve McCurry, Ryan McGinley, Jeff Mermelstein, Abelardo Morell, Simon Norfolk, Michael O’Neil, Paolo Pellegrin, Jack Pierson, Sebastião Salgado, Alfred Seiland, Nancy Seisel, Andres Serrano, Malick Sidibé, Larry Towell, Lars Tunbjörk, Hellen van Meene.

The New York Times Magazine Photographs
Edited by Kathy Ryan
Hardcover with jacket
11 1/2 x 9 1/2 in.
448 pages
500 4-color images

Participation Fee:
Please call Annette Booth at (212) 946-7128.
$25,000 for an 8-week showing. The host venue is responsible for pro-rated shipping and insurance.

The exhibition is available through 2015.

Current Venue List:

  • Hunter Museum of American Art
    10 Bluff View Avenue, Chattanooga, TN
    Monday, November 24, 2014 – Sunday, March 29, 2015
  • Aperture Gallery
    547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor
    New York, NY 10001
    Wednesday, September 17, 2014 – Saturday, November 1, 2014
  • MOCA Jacksonville
    333 North Laura Street
    Jacksonville, FL 32202
    Saturday, April 26 – Sunday, August 24, 2014
  • Fotofestiwal Lodz
    Lodz, Poland
    The New York Times Magazine Tearsheets
    Thursday, June 6 – Tuesday, June 25, 2013
  • Centro de Extensión, Universidad Católica de Chile
    Alameda 340, Santiago, Chile
    Monday, April 15 – Friday, May 31, 2013
  • Palau Robert
    Passeig de Gràcia, 107, Barcelona, Spain
    Thursday, September 20 – Sunday, December 2, 2012
  • Foam
    Keizersgracht 609 Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Thursday, March 22 – Thursday, May 31, 2012
  • Les Rencontres d’Arles
    Église de Sainte-Anne, Arles, France
    Monday, July 4 – Sunday, September 4, 2011