the valtari mystery film experiment

sigur rós have given a dozen filmmakers the same modest budget and asked them to create videos for their new album valtari. the filmmakers have complete creative freedom, the band completely unaware of what to expect. read more


film #6: varúð by ryan mcginley


director's comments

this piece is my poem to new york city. i wanted to bring a childhood innocence to the streets, through a character whose own light and wonder effects the world around her. i'm always interested in an atmosphere where dreams and reality mingle on equal terms.

ryan mcginley

ryan mcginley lives and works in new york.

new jersey native ryan mcginley began documenting his friends and lower east side subculture in new york city when he was a teenager. the fine art community took notice of his work when he printed a fifty-page, inkjet book entitled the kids are alright in 1999. his large-format color photographs soon graced the walls of the whitney museum of american art, where he was the youngest person ever, at the age of 25, to be given a solo exhibition.

mcginley’s work has since appeared in prestigious publications such as the new york times magazine, allowing him to broaden his subject-matter to include olympic athletes, artists and other visionaries in their familiar settings. a subsequent exhibition at p.s.1/moma established him as one of america’s preeminent young photographers. his newest photographs, shot mainly in natural settings and focused on subjects interacting spontaneously, is a testament to his ever-evolving aesthetic and maturity as an artist.

ryanmcginley.com