Fred Ritchin is an authority on the future of photography. He’s written several books on the subject, and his newest came out earlier this summer from Aperture. It’s called Bending the Frame: Photojournalism, Documentary and the Citizen.
In the book Ritchin takes a critical look at the state of documentary photography and visual journalism in the twenty first century media landscape. Richin wonders, do photographs still have any power in a world where billions of images are made, shared, linked, and liked every day? Bending the Frame also asks the question: how can photojournalists and citizens use photography to help solve some of the world’s problems, rather than just document them?
In addition to writing books, Fred Ritchin is a professor of photography at NYU, the former picture editor of the New York TImes Sunday Magazine, and he was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1997 for his work with Gilles Peress on “Bosnia: Uncertain Paths to Peace” for the New York Times on the Web.
A SLIGHT CORRECTION: The audio version of the show incorrectly states the date and some of the specifics of Fred Ritchin’s Pulitzer Prize nomination. He was nominated in 1997 not 1995 and the description of his nomination should read: “he was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1997 for his work with Gilles Peress on ‘Bosnia: Uncertain Paths to Peace’ for the New York Times on the Web.”
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