Edited by Kathy Ryan with support from Times magazine staff members Stacey Baker and Marvin Orellana, “Photographs” looks back at highlights of three decades of photography published in the magazine.
The result of over five years of work is a 447-page book, spanning 1,700 issues of the magazine and containing photographs from 140 talented image makers. The photographs are divided into sections by genre, including portraiture, documentary, photo-illustration, style, and special projects, and most are accompanied by behind the scenes insights and anecdotes from photographers, art directors, photo editors, story editors, and occasionally, subjects, obtained through interviews conducted largely by Ryan. She also contributed a foreword in which she discusses the magazine’s signature practice of “cross assigning,” or bending genres, offering insights into how photographers are paired with subjects. In addition, the former editor Gerald Marzorati wrote a preface that explains what gives these images their currency at a time when web-based imagery is ubiquitous.