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Fred Ritchin

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Fred Ritchin is Dean Emeritus of the International Center of Photography in New York, where he also founded and directed the Photojournalism and Documentary Photography program in 1983. He was professor of Photography and Imaging at New York University (1991-2014) where he co-founded the Photography and Human Rights program. Ritchin was picture editor of the New York Times Magazine, executive editor of Camera Arts magazine, and in 1999 co-founded and directed PixelPress, collaborating with humanitarian organizations on projects such as to end polio globally and in support of the Millennium Development Goals. Ritchin created the first multimedia version of the New York Times (1994-95) and the following year conceived and edited for the Times the first non-linear documentary project online, “Bosnia: Uncertain Paths to Peace,” nominated by the newspaper for a Pulitzer Prize in public service. His books on the future of imaging include In Our Own Image: The Coming Revolution in Photography (1990), After Photography (2008) and Bending the Frame: Photojournalism, Documentary, and the Citizen (2013). Ritchin has curated many exhibitions, including “Contemporary Latin American Photographers,” “An Uncertain Grace: The Photographs of Sebastião Salgado,” “Mexico Through
Foreign Eyes,” and “What Matters Now? Proposals for a New Front Page.” Recently he helped launch FOTODEMIC.org and then created TheFifthCorner.org, a resource for photographers. He writes, teaches and lectures widely on the potentials of media in the digital age, particularly on their ability to advance social justice and human rights.