“What began as candid shots of his and his friends’ lifestyle are now seen as iconic snapshots of his generation,” writes an essay published by the Guggenheim Museum. “McGinley’s friends are willing collaborators, keenly aware of the camera while displaying a candor and frankness that subvert the banality of their everyday lives as they help to create images that are powerful, enticing visions of a new-bohemian coterie.”
McGinley has been engaged to photograph such creative talent as Billie Eilish, Troye Sivan, Beyonce, Zendaya, Frank Ocean, Miley Cyrus and Brad Pitt for publications including GQ, the New York Times, V, Vogue and Rolling Stone.
McGinley has had solo exhibitions at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center (now MoMA PS1), New York (2004); Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, Spain (2005); Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam (2007); Ratio 3, San Francisco (2010, 2013); and the Daelim Museum, Seoul (2013–14). Group exhibitions include those at Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati (2004); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2007); Brooklyn Museum (2009–10); and Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2010). McGinley lives and works in New York.