Fred Ritchin: Bending the Frame
Tuesday, June 4
6:30 p.m. EDT
Join author and critic Fred Ritchin for a presentation on his new book, Bending the Frame: Photojournalism, Documentary, and the Citizen. Ritchin argues that the purpose and effectiveness of visual journalism has been called into question in light of the current media and political climates, including the billions of images now available online. Bending the Frame addresses the emerging potentials for visual media to impact society, and the necessity of re-framing this conversation: What kinds of photographic projects are now succeeding? Can there be a photography of peace, not just of war? What is the role for a new metaphotography?
Fred Ritchin is professor and associate chair of the Department of Photography and Imaging at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and co-directs the Photography and Human Rights Program there. Ritchin has authored two previous books on the future of imaging, including In Our Own Image: The Coming Revolution in Photography (Aperture, 1990, 2000) and After Photography (W. W. Norton, 2008), which has been translated into six languages. He has curated the recent exhibition What Matters Now? at the Aperture Gallery and the forthcoming exhibitions On Violence and Memory, in South Korea, and From the Other Side, in Uruguay.
Bending the Frame: Photojournalism, Documentary, and the Citizen is supported by a grant from the Open Society Foundations.
Image: Susan Meiselas, Nicaragua. Masaya. July 2004. Re-Framing History, Nicaragua mural project installation based of original photographs taken in 1978 of the popular insurrection against Somoza. Copyright © Susan Meiselas / Magnum Photos