Ryan McGinley is a New York City based artist, born in Ramsey, New Jersey on October 17, 1977. He received his BFA in Graphic Design from Parsons School of Design, New York in 2000. While still a student, McGinley staged his first exhibition of photographs in an abandoned SoHo gallery and created handmade books featuring his work entitled The Kids Are Alright. A copy of the book made it into the hands of Sylvia Wolf, who was a curator of photography at the Whitney Museum of American Art. In 2003, she staged an exhibition of his work, making McGinley at the age of 25 the youngest artist ever to have a solo show at the museum.
Ryan McGinley: Whistle for the Wind is the first major monograph of the artist's career. It features written work by novelist and critic Chris Kraus, writer, artist, and activist John Kelsey, and filmmaker Gus Van Sant. It was published by Rizzoli New York in June 2012.