Author Archives: Fred Ritchin

About Fred Ritchin

Professor of photography and imaging at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, as well as co-director of the Photography and Human Rights Program at NYU. He has written three books on the future of imaging: In Our Own Image: The Coming Revolution in Photography (Aperture, 1990); After Photography (W. W. Norton, 2008, translated into six languages); and Bending the Frame: Photojournalism, Documentary, and the Citizen (Aperture, 2013). He is former picture editor of the New York Times Magazine and founding director of PixelPress, an organization that has collaborated with numerous humanitarian organizations on media projects.

Notes from the Field: An Interview with Fred Ritchin

This article considers the various possibilities for citizenship that can be imagined given our highly visual world. An interview with Fred Ritchin, New York University professor and author of After Photography, explores this issue through discussing how the circulation and dissemination of visual imagery may open avenues for dialogue, participation, communication, and understanding. Ritchin draws upon his extensive experience as an editor, curator, and educator to expand on several ideas: the circulation of images of suffering, the boundary between photography and art, and ethical responses engendered as part of a global citizenry.