Press release | Amsterdam, January 20, 2012
THE NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE PHOTOGRAPHS
Co-curated by Kathy Ryan and Lesley A. Martin
23 March - 30 May 2012
For over thirty years, the New York Times Magazine has
presented the myriad possibilities and applications of photography.
The New York Times Magazine Photographs is an exhibition that
reflects upon and interrogates the very nature of both photography
and print magazines at this pivotal moment in their history and
The exhibition is cocurated by Kathy Ryan, longtime Photo Editor
of the Magazine, and Lesley A. Martin, Publisher of Aperture Books.
The Aperture-produced exhibition is comprised of eleven individual
modules, each of which focuses on a notable project or series of
projects that have been presented in the pages of the Magazine. The
featured projects mirror the Magazine's eclecticism, presenting
seminal examples of reportage, portraiture, as well as fine art
photography. Using visual materials drawn from different stages of
the commissioning process-shot lists, work prints and contact
sheets, videos, tear sheets, and framed prints-the Magazine's
collaborative methodology is revealed from initial idea to the
published page, and, in some cases, continues beyond magazine
publication, when an exploration that began as an assignment has
become a part of a photographer's ongoing work. In sum, these
layers reveal the Magazine's unique position as a venue for visual
storytelling and a unique forum for the cross-pollination of
The exhibition includes 300 objects by 37 photographers, amongst
Lilian Bassman, Chuck Close, Philip Lorca diCorcia, Gregory
Crewdson, Thomas Demand, Rineke Dijkstra, Mitch Epstein, Lee
Friedlander, Nan Goldin, Jeff Koons, Inez van Lamsweerde and
Vinoodh Matadin, Annie Leibovitz, Ryan McGinley, Hellen van Meene,
Jeff Mermelstein, Simon Norfolk, Paolo Pellegrin, Gilles Peress,
Sebastiao Salgado, Andres Serrano and Malick Sidibe.
The book, The New York Times Magazine Photographs, published by
Aperture will appear alongside the exhibition.
KATHY RYAN (editor) is the award-winning
Director of Phtography of the New York Times Magazine. She has
worked with the publication for more than twenty-five years; in
that time, the Magazine has been recognized with numerous
photography awards. Ryan received the 1997 Picture Editor of the
Year Award at the Visa pour l'Image photojournalism festival in
Perpignan, France; a Lucie Award for Picture Editor of the Year in
2003; and a lifetime achievement award from the Griffin Museum of
Photography, Winchester, Massachusetts. In 2008 she was a cocurator
of the inaugural New York Photo Festival, and in the following year
she organized the exhibitions Prune: Abstracting Reality for FOAM
Museum in Amsterdam and Dutch Seen for the Museum of the City of
New York and FOAM. Ryan lectures widely and serves as a mentor and
thesis advisor at New York's School of Visual Arts. A pioneer in
combining fine-art photography and photojournalism in the pages of
the Magazine, she has also recently commissioned a series of videos
for the New York Times website.
LESLEY A. MARTIN (co-curator) is Publisher of
the Aperture Foundation's book program. Her writing on photography
has been published in Lay Flat and Aperture, among other
publications, and she has edited over seventy photography books,
including Reflex: A Vik Muniz Primer; Richard Misrach: On the
Beach; Paris • New York • Shanghai by Hans Eijkelboom; Takashi
Homma: Tokyo; Paul Strand in Mexico; and Penelope Umbrico
(photographs). She was also the contributing editor to Japanese
Photobooks of the 1960s and '70s, winner of the 2010 Historical
Book Award at the Recontres d'Arles. In 2008, she was named one of
the fifteen most influential people in photo-book publishing by PDN
and was one of the inaugural curators for the New York Photo
Festival. In 2010, under Martin's leadership, Aperture Foundation
received recognition as Publisher of the Year by Photo España,
The New York Times Magazine Photographs is organized by Aperture
Foundation, New York. The exhibition is cocurated by Kathy Ryand
and Lesley A. Martin.
This project is supported in part by an award from the national
Endowment for the Arts.
The New York Times Magazine Photographs can be seen from 23
March - 30 May 2012 at Foam. Open daily 10 am - 6 pm, Thurs/Fri 10
am - 9 pm. Tickets: € 8,50.
Note to editors: For information and visual
material please contact the communications department, e-mail
foaml[at]foam.org or phone +31 (0)20 5516500.
Foam is sponsored by the BankGiroLoterij, De Brauw Blackstone
Westbroek, Delta Lloyd and the VandenEnde Foundation.
1017 DS Amsterdam
phone: + 31 (0)20 5516500