Allow me the hypothetical here... If Ryan Mcginley's models were Asian, Latino, or Black- would he be:
1) Every bit the celebrated wunderkind.
2) Another emerging photographer with potential.
3) Ryan who?
Please Note: This is not solely about Mr. McGinley, whose website continues to resemble a David Duke wet dream. He is obviously free to photograph whatever he wants, whomever he wants.
The question is a much broader one. Why has this hedonistic celebration of young, white, sexuality been so enthusiastically embraced by both artistic and advertising establishments alike? Is it somehow more innocent, more aesthetically appealing, more worthy of visual commemoration? Is non white sexuality more threatening, and less inherently appealing? And how is this all relevant in the age of our first multiracial President?