Office Romance

Photographs from Inside the New York Times Building

Photographs and text by Kathy Ryan
Introduction by Renzo Piano

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5 3⁄8 × 8 inches 144 pages , ca. 100 black-and-white and color photographs Hardcover 978-1-59711-304-5 October 2014

“From the beginning, the New York Times building was all about the light, and the vibration of light and shadow. In Kathy Ryan’s pictures, I’m happy to find somebody who has captured it!” —Renzo Piano, architect of the New York Times building, from the introduction.

Office Romance is Kathy Ryan’s photographic love song to life at her office. Mostly shot on the sixth floor of the landmark Renzo Piano-designed New York Times building, where she works as director of photography at the New York Times Magazine, Ryan captures moments of lumi­nous beauty in her daily routine. First published on Ryan’s Instagram feed, these photographs offer her rendering of the minute details of her working environment: her colleagues, the glorious building she works in, and the light of New York City. As well as the joy and pleasure in each moment captured, this book refers to the contrasts and ironies that characterize the photo world today; as old media meets new, an editor who commissions work from swash­buckling photographers all over the world finds moments of transcendent beauty within her office. Ryan introduces the photographs with her own account of pictures, and of how she got hooked on Instagram.

Kathy Ryan, the longtime director of photography at the New York Times Magazine, has been a pioneer of combining fine art photography and photojournalism in the pages of that publication. During her time there, the Magazine has been recognized with numerous photography awards, including National Magazine Awards in both 2011 and 2012. In 2012, Ryan received the Royal Photographic Society’s annual award for Outstanding Service to Photography. Under Ryan’s leadership, the Magazine commissions the world’s best photographers, a selection of whose work was published in The New York Times Magazine Photographs (Aperture, 2011), edited by Ryan. She also lectures on photography (she gave the 2012 Karsh Lecture in Photography at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston) and serves as a mentor at the School of Visual Arts.

Renzo Piano (introduction), born in Genoa, Italy, is one the world’s leading architects, whose notable works include Centre Pompidou, Paris (1977); Kansai International Airport, Osaka (1994); Parco della Musica, Rome (2002); Art Institute of Chicago (2009); The Shard, London (2012); and the New York Times building, the subject matter of Kathy Ryan’s book, completed in 2007. In 2006, TIME magazine called Piano one of the one hundred most influential people in the world.