In the words of architect Renzo Piano, his New York Times building was “all about the light, and the vibration of light and shadow.” Working on the 6th floor of the building, Ryan admired how the light of New York City streamed in from the large clear glass windows and cast spectacular architectural shadows from the unusual ceramic rods that encase the building. In the fall of 2012, Kathy Ryan saw a zigzag of light on a staircase and grabbed her iPhone to take a picture. She routinely comes in early, stays late, or returns on weekends to capture the luminous quality of the light. The series Office Romance reflects the joy and pleasure in each image captured by Ryan, and also alludes to the contrasts and ironies that characterize the photo world today, as old media meets new.


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The longtime director of photography at The New York Times Magazine, Ryan has been a pioneer of combining fine art photography with photojournalism in the pages of the publication. During her time there, the Magazine has been recognized with numerous photography awards. In 2012, Ryan received the Royal Photographic Society’s annual Award for Outstanding Service to Photography. She gave the 2012 Karsh Lecture in Photography at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. In 2014, she won the Vision Award from the Center for Photography at Woodstock. Under Ryan’s leadership, the Magazine commissioned the world’s best photographers, and published a selection of their images in The New York Times Magazine Photographs, published by Aperture, 2011, edited by Ryan.

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6:45pm, September 16, 2014, 2014
Archival pigment print
Work: 20 x 24 in (50.8 x 60.96 cm)
Frame: 22 x 26 x 2 in (55.88 x 66.04 x 5.08 cm)
Edition of 7
Courtesy of artist and Howard Greenberg Gallery
Signed, titled, and dated in pencil on verso

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Kathy Ryan
6:45pm, September 16, 2014
  • Dimensions
    20 x 24 in (50.8 x 60.96 cm)