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New York Times Magazine Photographs: A Conversation with Kathy Ryan and Abelardo Morell

Saturday, September 22

10:30 am

Festival Hall Navy Pier Chicago, IL


For more than thirty years, The New York Times Magazine has presented the myriad possibilities and applications of photography. Aperture’s bestselling publication The New York Times Magazine Photographs is a survey of the best work commissioned for the magazine. It reflects upon and interrogates the very nature of both photography and print magazines at this pivotal moment in history. Join Kathy Ryan, editor of the book and long-time Director of Photography at the magazine, and internationally acclaimed artist Abelardo Morell, for a revealing conversation about the behind-the-scenes collaborations between editor and artist and the process of bringing these stories to life.

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Kathy Ryan (editor) is the award-winning photo editor of the New York Times Magazine. Ryan was recognized as Canon Picture Editor of the Year in 1997 at the Visa Pour l’Image festival in Perpignan, France, and in 2003, was named Picture Editor of the Year by the Lucie Awards.

Abelardo Morell was born in Havana, Cuba in 1948. He immigrated to the United States with his parents in 1962. Morell received his undergraduate degree in 1977 from Bowdoin College and an MFA from The Yale University School of Art in 1981. In 1997 he received an honorary degree from Bowdoin College.

He has received a number of awards and grants, which include a Cintas grant in 1992 a Guggenheim fellowship in 1994 a Rappaport Prize in 2006 and an Alturas Foundation grant in 2009 to photograph the landscape of West Texas. He was the recipient of the International Center of Photography 2011 Infinity award in Art.

His work has been collected and shown in many galleries, institutions and museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Art Museum in New York, The Chicago Art Institute, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Houston Museum of Art, The Boston Museum of Fine Art, The Victoria & Albert Museum and over seventy other museums in the United States and abroad. A retrospective of his work organized jointly by the Art Institute of Chicago, The Getty and The High Museum in Atlanta will be on view starting in the summer of 2013.

His publications include a photographic illustration of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1998) by Dutton Children’s Books, A Camera in a Room (1995) by Smithsonian Press, A Book of Books (2002) and Camera Obscura (2004) by Bulfinch Press and Abelardo Morell (2005), published by Phaidon Press. Recent publications include a limited edition book by The Museum of Modern Art in New York of his Cliché Verre images with a text by Oliver Sacks.

Filmmaker Allie Humenuk has made a film entitled Shadow of the House, an in-depth documentary about Morell’s work and experience as an artist.

He lives with his wife, Lisa McElaney, a filmmaker, and his children Brady and Laura in Brookline, Massachusetts


New York Times Magazine Photographs: A Conversation with Kathy Ryan and Abelardo Morell