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The Past and Future of Digital Imaging

If anyone is in New York Tuesday evening, you are invited:
In Our Own Image
Fred Ritchin and Brian Palmer
in Conversation

Tuesday, November 9, 2010
6:30 pm
Aperture Gallery
547 West 27th Street, 4th floor
New York, New York
(212) 505-5555
Join Fred Ritchin and journalist, photographer, and filmmaker Brian Palmer for a discussion on the occasion of the twentieth anniversary edition of [...]

The Debilitating Static of Spam

As I move to reinvigorate this blog, writing more, keeping more in touch, I find that the enormous amount of spam that arrives is an obstacle to any real work–I have had to eliminate more than 5,000 “comments” over the course of this blog as others seek links for products ranging from sexual aids to [...]

US State Dept. Reverses Decision

Last week a reversal of a previous decision by the US State Department will allow Colombian journalist Hollman Morris to attend Harvard University through the Nieman Foundation program. See (Thanks to Anne Cronin for pointing this out.)

The Fake/Real, and other Conceits

A belated invitation to hear a radio show now available in the archive) with astute interviewer Benjamen Walker on photography, particularly the impact of the digital. Luc Sante, Paula McCartney, Robert Voit, Adam Frelin and myself look at various aspects of image-making, including some very interesting fake/real birds by McCartney. It’s a thoughtful hour on [...]

Paperback Published

Just to let any potential readers know that After Photography has just been released by W. W. Norton in paperback in an English-language edition, and soon there will be translations published in Chinese, French, Korean and Spanish.
I am certainly heartened by the many comments I have received from readers of the book since it [...]

Design and the Web-based Image

Working in print media, a key issue for a photo editor/art director is how to design the page so that the photographs and text use form to emphasize content. On the Web, despite all its freedom, most publications use a content management system that makes it almost impossible to explore the potentials of innovative design. [...]

Human Rights Day

It is now sixty years since the acceptance by the General Assembly of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It gives one pause.
Over the last twenty years many documentary photographers have turned their attention to human rights, partnering with NGOs or starting their own foundations after observing injustices. The role of witness, so pivotal previously, [...]