The old and the new guard of intimate lifestyle photography came together last night at the Whitney. Larry Clark and Ryan McGinley had a rambling conversation, moderated by Sylvia Wolf, on their ideas and approaches to their work. Clark seemed to be on a mission to say that “Everything is documented now,” a point he repeated four or five times. McGinley didn’t have any great insight, but came off as a charming, albeit lucky youngster who had stumbled into a great deal of success. His discussion of his work certainly wasn’t aided by Wolf’s hopelessly out-of-touch questions such as “There seem to be patterns in your work of things like BMX bikes and flannel shirts. Can you talk about this? What else could McGinley say but “I think flannel shirts are sexy.”

- Asha Schechter [Wednesday, March 26th, 2003]


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