07 NOVEMBER 2017

15 never-before-published Ryan McGinley photographs presented in digital gallery on WeTransfer

Curated by New York Times Magazine Photography Director Kathy Ryan.

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WeTransfer Studios, which supports and commissions creative projects, presents a project that brings together two highly influential people in modern photography: iconic American photographer Ryan McGinley and Kathy Ryan, the longtime director of photography at the New York Times Magazine, to explore the meaning of the medium through a personal dialogue.

Kathy Ryan has curated an exclusive online exhibition for WeTransfer with never-before-published photographs by Ryan McGinley. The images will be featured digitally both on a specially-designed interactive page on WeTransfer’s editorial platform ThisWorks and rotating on WeTransfer’s full-screen backgrounds, which serve as a landing page for the service’s 40 million monthly active users.

The digital gallery can be found here: https://we.tl/ryan-mcginley

The images are accompanied by an intimate and wide-ranging conversation between the artist and curator, touching on McGinley’s practice, personal history, and unique perspective on landscape, travel, and community.

WeTransfer Plus users will also be able to customize their WeTransfer profile pages using Ryan McGinley images for the next two months.

Kathy and I honed in on images from my archives that are inspired by the experience of creating and shaping a vision of a community and a place in time. Through this process we’ve seen that images are selected, they are transferred, shared, discussed, and live a life of their own. I’m excited to see the meaning they take on and the ideas they inspire as they circulate on the screens of working creatives around the world through WeTransfer.

Ryan McGinley, about the project 

I enjoyed talking with Ryan immensely. He was so eloquent, I found myself asking very few questions. He was so loquacious I just let him talk. He touched on many personal things that are important to his art and life. I think WeTransfer’s community will find it illuminating, inspiring, and informative.

Kathy Ryan, about the project

At WeTransfer, we are excited about working with innovative creatives that inspire us. Ryan McGinley is a tremendously influential photographer with a fresh, contemporary perspective that continues to have a major impact on the broader cultural field. This project offers a unique insight - for our community and beyond - on what inspires these works, and what motivates the practice of photography more broadly.

Lucy Pike, Photography Director at WeTransfer, about the project

About Ryan McGinley

Ryan McGinley, 40, lives in New York City and has been making photographs since 1998. He was named Photographer of the Year in 2003 by American Photo Magazine and awarded the Young Photographer Infinity Award by the International Center of Photography in 2007. He has created iconic images of celebrities including Brad Pitt and Beyoncé, he is a pioneer within portrait- and - documentary photography, and in 2014 he was named ‘The most important photographer in America’ by GQ Magazine.

WeTransfer x Photography

WeTransfer is focused on supporting and commissioning creative projects. Images are among the most-shared files on WeTransfer, and photographers comprise a major proportion of our 40 million creatively-minded users. Not only does WeTransfer provide a super-simple, hassle-free platform on which they can share their work, the company also commissions projects from photographers around the world to tell original, relevant and inspiring stories.

Note to editor

For a download package with the four images above in high resolution for press use, or to arrange an interview with Lucy Pike about the partnership or WeTransfer’s role in photography, please email Søren Nielsen on soren@wetransfer.com.

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About WeTransfer

WeTransfer makes tools to move ideas. Founded in 2009 in Amsterdam as a simple, well-designed file sharing service for the creative community, WeTransfer has grown to include tools that scale across the creative spectrum, including editorial platform WePresent (with 2M monthly readers), mobile app 'Collect by WeTransfer' (with 4M monthly users), quick slide-making tool Paste® (with 40,000 active teams), immersive sketching tool Paper® (with more than 25M downloads), and the original web platform with 50M monthly users and over a billion files sent each month.

From the beginning, WeTransfer has prioritized bringing “offline” values - trust, transparency, and ethics - online. This means having a responsible data policy and tools that don’t distract people from their creative flow. WeTransfer has pioneered a new means of online advertising, resulting in the platform’s full-page wallpapers, designed by our award-winning in-house creative studio. Advertisers include industry-leading brands like Apple, Saint Laurent, Google, Balenciaga, Samsung, Netflix, Adidas, and Squarespace.

Since its founding, WeTransfer has proudly supported the creative communities and given up to 30% of advertising space to support the arts, donating over 5 billion impressions in 2017. Through our ongoing advertising grant program and content platform, WePresent, we have partnered with hundreds of groundbreaking artists and organizations, including Björk, King Krule, FKA twigs, Ryan McGinley, Ami Vitale, the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the UN Development Program, the World Wildlife Foundation and the Prince Estate. In 2016, WeTransfer launched the world’s first free Masters of the Arts in design thinking with the University of the Underground and Worldwide FM, the global radio station run by legendary BBC DJ Gilles Peterson.

Following a $25 million investment from Highland Europe in 2015, WeTransfer opened a US office in Venice Beach, Los Angeles, to add to the Amsterdam headquarters. In 2018, WeTransfer acquired popular creative apps Paper® and Paste® and expanded its US presence to New York City.

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