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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 Ritchin’s groundbreaking book In Our Own Image. This seminal text, the first to address “the coming revolution in photography” was originally published twenty years ago, poignantly the same year that Photoshop was released. This twentieth-anniversary edition features a preface by the author that contextualizes the book for a contemporary audience. The lecture will focus on the book’s pointed and sometimes chilling questions that are increasingly relevant today, including whether democracy can survive the erosion of media accelerated by facile use of digital means.

Fred Ritchin is Professor of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. He is the author, most recently, of After Photography, on the future of new media (translated in four languages), and his essay on Felice Beato, “First War Photographer,” will appear in the Getty Museum’s new volume on his work. Ritchin is also the director of PixelPress, former picture editor of Horizon magazine and the New York Times Magazine, former executive editor of Camera Arts magazine, and the founding director of the photojournalism and documentary photography educational program at the International Center of Photography. He also produced the first multimedia version of the daily New York Times, and the website he created with Gilles Peress, “Bosnia: Uncertain Paths to Peace,” was nominated by the New York Times in 1997 for a Pulitzer prize in public service. Fred lectures and conducts workshops internationally on new media and documentary.

Brian Palmer is a journalist, photographer, and filmmaker based in Brooklyn. He has written for Mother Jones, Pixel, ColorLines, and other publications. He has photographed for The New York Times, Time Inc, North Star Fund, and produced/created video for PBS, MTV News & Docs, and From 2000 to 2002, he was a New York-based CNN correspondent. Prior to that, Palmer served as Beijing Bureau Chief for US News & World Report. In 2009, Palmer completed Full Disclosure, a documentary about US Marines in Iraq for which he received grants from the Ford Foundation and Applied Research Center. He is a Fellow at NYU Law School’s Center on Law and Security and a faculty member at the School of Visual of Arts in the MFA Photography and Related Media Department.

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