Ryan McBride is a photographer based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. All the work featured here has been photographed using black and white or colour medium format film.

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Photography is a difficult dialogue between shades of grey.
―Tom Sandberg

“Maybe I am not very human - all I ever wanted to do was to paint sunlight on the side of a house.”
― Edward Hopper

“…In that Empire, the Art of Cartography attained such Perfection that the map of a single Province occupied the entirety of a City, and the map of the Empire, the entirety of a Province. In time, those Unconscionable Maps no longer satisfied, and the Cartographers Guild struck a Map of the Empire whose size was that of the Empire, and which coincided point for point with it. The following Generations, who were not so fond of the Study of Cartography as their Forebears had been, saw that that vast Map was Useless, and not without some Pitilessness was it, that they delivered it up to the Inclemencies of Sun and Winters. In the Deserts of the West, still today, there are Tattered Ruins of that Map, inhabited by Animals and Beggars; in all the Land there is no other Relic of the Disciplines of Geography.”
― On Exactitude in Science by Jorge Luis Borges (translated by Andrew Hurley)

“My aim is not to make photographs, but rather charts and maps that might at the same time constitute photographs.” 
― Luigi Ghirri

“A city is built to resemble a conscious mind, a network that can calculate, administrate, manufacture. Ruins become the unconscious of a city, its memory, unknown, darkness, lost lands, and in this truly bring it to life. With ruins a city springs free of its plans into something as intricate as life, something that can be explored but perhaps not mapped. This is the same transmutation spoken of in fairy tales when statues and toys and animals become human, though they come to life and with ruin a city comes to death, but a generative death like the corpse that feeds flowers.”
― Rebecca Solnit, A Field Guide to Getting Lost

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