Photographer Ryan McGinley's ascent in the art world was rapid and impressive, especially given his accomplishments at such a young age. He has come to embody the downtown NYC cool kid of the contemporary moment, being both a part of the scene and an innovator of it.

McGinley's work is anything but dull, whether he's capturing nude photos of friends running through the desert or M.I.A. swinging off of the Ohm Building in Manhattan. Chances are, you've seen his pieces of young people running free in nature or posing vacantly in his monochrome series. 

Having just installed a sublime billboard piece titled "Blue Falling" on the High Line, we decided to revisit what makes McGinley so captivating both artistically and as a person. Enjoy these 20 Things You Didn't Know About Ryan McGinley.