Jun 13, 2014 12:32PM

Watch: Ryan McGinley's Parsons Commencement Speech

Gives great advice to young photographers.
Ryan McGinley is one of the most-cited photographers when you ask a young person whose work they admire. He's been called one of the most important photographer in America and according to the NY Times, he's the "pied piper of the downtown art world." We know him as one of our favourite Oyster contributors, having shot Petra Collins for Oyster #104 (out now!) and being showcased in Oyster #91.
 
 
More recently though, he was asked to give a commencement speech at the Parsons School of Design, where he once studied. The speech is amazing — full of gems relevant to not just emerging photographers, but anyone who wants to make a career of some kind out of being creative. 
 
 
As he says, "I tortured my first boyfriend, Marc, by capturing each moment of our relationship. I was obsessed with documenting my life. So that's my advice to you: find something to be obsessed with, and then obsess over it. Don't compete; find what's uniquely yours. Take your experience of life and connect that with your knowledge of photographic history. Mix it all together, and create an artistic world that we can enter into." Bless. Thanks, YouTube!
 

 

Jerico Mandybur

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