Ask any photographer how their work has been affected by the digital era and you may as well take a seat in preparation for a mammoth-sized dissertation. Renowned photographer, editor and professor Fred Ritchin has studied the impact of digital and will address burning questions during his featured presentation at Rochester Institute of Technology.
Ritchin, professor of photography and imaging at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, presents “After Photography” as the third lecture of RIT’s Caroline Werner Gannett Project’s “Visionaries in Motion V,” 8 p.m. Nov. 3, Webb Auditorium, James E. Booth Hall.
Ritchin’s presentation will explore how photography and other media have been transformed by the digital age, the new ways of thinking about photography, the future for the photography professional in the “Facebook world,” new problems that the digital age poses and the impact and usefulness of the photographic image in democracy and today’s society.
Ritchin wrote After Photography and In Our Own Image: The Coming Revolution in Photography, about the impact of digital. He is a former picture editor of The New York Times Magazine, past executive editor of Camera Arts magazine and founder of the photojournalism and documentary photography educational program at the International Center of Photography. In 1999, he co-founded PixelPress, an organization committed to collaborating with humanitarian organizations on media pro-jects and 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.
The Gannett Project’s “Visionaries in Motion” series explores new connections across technologies, social sciences and humanities, increasing opportunities for interdisciplinary understanding and collaboration both on campus and in the Greater Rochester community. In 2009, the series was selected as City Newspaper’s Critics’ Pick for “Best Lecture Series in Rochester.”
All Gannett Project talks are free and open to the public. For more information about the Caroline Werner Gannett Project, go to www.cwgp.org.