“From the beginning, the New York Times building was all about the light, and the vibration of light and shadow. In Kathy Ryan’s pictures, I’m happy to find somebody who has captured it!” —Renzo Piano, architect of the New York Times building, from the introduction.
Office Romance is Kathy Ryan’s photographic love song to life at her office. Mostly shot on the sixth floor of the landmark Renzo Piano-designed New York Times building, where she works as director of photography at the New York Times Magazine, Ryan captures moments of luminous beauty in her daily routine. First published on Ryan’s Instagram feed, these photographs offer her rendering of the minute details of her working environment: her colleagues, the glorious building she works in, and the light of New York City. As well as the joy and pleasure in each moment captured, this book refers to the contrasts and ironies that characterize the photo world today; as old media meets new, an editor who commissions work from swashbuckling photographers all over the world finds moments of transcendent beauty within her office. Ryan introduces the photographs with her own account of pictures, and of how she got hooked on Instagram.