The New York Times Magazine Photographs

by Kathy Ryan

The New York Times Magazine Photographs

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Editor Kathy Ryan presents diverse photographs in four sections: reportage, portraiture, style and conceptual photography, including photo illustration, all accompanied by tear sheets. A behind-the-scenes look from photographers, writers and editors offers commentary and anecdotes on images that have captivated the public.

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It's easy to take them for granted, printed as they are on pulp and framed in something we routinely toss into the recycling bin. But compiled in an impeccably designed and gorgeously reproduced coffee table book, the photographs commissioned by The New York Times Magazine are a revelation — arguably, the most wide-ranging and accomplished photojournalistic body of work of the past many decades.

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Images: The New York Times Magazine Photographs

Emily Cook, 2010 Olympic freestyle skier (aerials), From "Up!," published Feb. 7, 2010. Ryan McGinley, courtesy the artist/Team Gallery, New York

hide captionEmily Cook, 2010 Olympic freestyle skier (aerials), From "Up!," published Feb. 7, 2010. Ryan McGinley, courtesy the artist/Team Gallery, New York

Untitled from "Dream House," 2002, Gregory Crewdson, Courtesy Gagosian Gallery

hide captionUntitled from "Dream House," 2002, Gregory Crewdson, Courtesy Gagosian Gallery

One section of a particle detector in the Large Hadron Collider, the world's largest and highest-energy particle accelerator, 2006, Simon Norfolk/Institute

hide captionOne section of a particle detector in the Large Hadron Collider, the world's largest and highest-energy particle accelerator, 2006, Simon Norfolk/Institute

Laura Letinsky/Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York

hide captionLaura Letinsky/Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York

Assitan Sidibe in Marni polka-dot top, Christian Lacroix striped top, Marc Jacobs dress, and Christian Louboutin. Malick Sidibe, Courtesy Andre Magnin

hide captionAssitan Sidibe in Marni polka-dot top, Christian Lacroix striped top, Marc Jacobs dress, and Christian Louboutin. Malick Sidibe, Courtesy Andre Magnin

From The New York Times Magazine Photographs, edited by Kathy Ryan. Copyright 2011. Reprinted by permission of Aperture.

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