The Caroline Werner Gannett Project 2007-08
Fred Ritchin

Fred Ritchin

Prof. of Photography and Imaging, NYU Tisch School of the Arts; author of After Photography; and In Our Own Image; former picture editor, New York Times Magazine


“After Photography”

When: Thursday, November 3, 2011 at 8:00PM
Where: Webb Auditorium (James E. Booth Memorial Building 7A)

Talk Description:
How has photography (and other media) been transformed by the digital? What are new ways of thinking about photography beyond what was possible with analog media? How can these new possibilities be useful to artists and documentarians? What is the future for the professional in a world with sixty billion photographs on Facebook? What are the new problems that the digital poses, such as issues of credibility and a glut of imagery? Are we entering a post-photographic era? If so, what does it mean for the impact and usefulness of the photographic image in society, and for democracy?

Fred Ritchin is professor of Photography & Imaging at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. He is author of After Photography, published in 2008 by W. W. Norton and translated into French, Korean and Spanish, with a Chinese version on the way. His first book on the impact of the digital, In Our Own Image: The Coming Revolution in Photography, was published in 1990. Ritchin has been picture editor of The New York Times Magazine, executive editor of Camera Arts magazine, and founded the Photojournalism and Documentary Photography educational program at the International Center of Photography. Along with Carole Naggar, in 1999 he co-founded PixelPress, an organization committed to collaborating with humanitarian organizations on media projects as well as publishing online experiments in photography and related media. The website he created with photographer Gilles Peress, "Bosnia: Uncertain Paths to Peace," was nominated by the New York Times for a Pulitzer Prize in public service in 1997. Ritchin lectures frequently on the challenges of new media around he world.

Links: After Photography  In Our Own Image