The New York Times Magazine Photographs

By Kathy Ryan. Preface by Gerald Marzorati.

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For over 30 years, The New York Times Magazine has been synonymous with the myriad possibilities and applications of photography. The New York Times Magazine: Photographs reflects upon and interrogates the very nature of both photography and print magazines at this pivotal moment in their history and evolution. Edited by Kathy Ryan, longtime photo editor of the Magazine, and with a preface by former editorial director Gerald Marzorati, this volume presents some of the finest commissioned photographs worldwide in four sections: reportage, portraiture, style and conceptual photography, including photo illustration. Diverse in content and sensibility, and consistent in virtuosity, the photographs are accompanied by reproduced tear sheets to allow for the examination of sequencing and the interplay between text and image, simultaneously presenting the work while illuminating its distillation to magazine form. This process is explored further through texts offering behind-the-scenes perspective and anecdotes by the many photographers, writers, editors and other collaborators whose voices have been a part of the magazine over the years. Issues of documentary photography are addressed in relation to more conceptual photography; the efficacy of storytelling; and what makes an image evidentiary, objective, subjective, truthful or a tool for advocacy; as well as thoughts on whether these matters are currently moot, or more critical than ever. As such, The New York Times Magazine: Photographs serves as a springboard for a rigorous, necessary and revitalized examination of photography as presented within a modern journalistic context.

Format: Hardback
Number of pages: 447
Publication date: 2011-09-30
Measurements: 9.9 x 11.7 x 1.8 inches
ISBN: 9781597111461


Every photograph stops time. This is the most banal, technical fact about the medium and also the source of its uncanny and remarkably durable power. The relentless momentum of mundane existence is stilled by the shutter, and some of the mysteries implicit in everyday life open up. A moment – of high artifice or raw candor, of posed elegance or composed chaos – is captured and then, later, delivered to our contemplative gaze…Thousands of photographs have appeared in the magazine. More than 250 of them – revealing portraits of the famous; documents of atrocity and heroism; sensitive studies of everyday life; unclassifiable works of art – have been collected into a book, “The New York Times Magazine Photographs,” edited by the magazine’s director of photography, Kathy Ryan…–A.O. Scott”The New York Times Magazine” (08/23/2011)

By Kathy Ryan. Preface by Gerald Marzorati.

Kathy Ryan is the longtime director of photography at The New York Times Magazine. During her time there, the magazine has been recognized with numerous photography awards, including two Emmy Awards and National Magazine Awards in 2011 and 2012. Ryan has received the Royal Photographic Society’s annual award for Outstanding Service to Photography, and the Picture Editor of the Year award at

Visa pour l’Image. She has curated exhibitions, lectured on photography extensively, and is the author and editor of The New York Times Magazine Photographs (Aperture, 2011).
Gerald Marzorati was the editor of “The New York Times Magazine” from 2003-2010. He previously worked as an editor at the “Soho News”, ” Harper s” magazine, and “The New Yorker”. His writing has appeared in “The New York Times” and many other publications. He is the author of “Late to the Ball” and A” Painter of Darkness”, which won the PEN/Martha Albrand award for a first book of nonfiction. He is the editorial director of “Times Live”.