Photography & Imaging
B.A., Yale University
BiographyFred Ritchin is the author of Bending the Frame: Photojournalism, Documentary, and the Citizen (Aperture, 2013), After Photography (W. W. Norton, 2008), and In Our Own Image: The Coming Revolution in Photography (Aperture, 1990, 1999, 2010). Recently he has written the preface for Unsettled/Desasociego: Children in a World of Gangs by Donna DeCesare, and for In The Shadow of Power by Kike Arnal. He is also contributed essays to An Uncertain Grace: The Photographs of Sebastiao Salgado (1990); In Our Time: The World As Seen by Magnum Photographers (1989); Mexico Through Foreign Eyes (1993); Sahel: The End of the Road by Sebastiao Salgado (2004); Picture Imperfect by Kent Klich (2007); Wayne F. Miller: Photographs 1942-1958 (2008); and Felice Beato: Photographer of the Eastern Road (2010).
Ritchin is the director of PixelPress, creating web sites, books and exhibitions investigating new documentary and promoting human rights. He is also the former picture editor of Horizon 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 was the curator of such exhibitions as “Contemporary Latin American Photographers” (1987); “An Uncertain Grace: The Photographs of Sebastiao Salgado” (1990); “The Legacy of W. Eugene Smith: Twelve Photographers in the Humanistic Tradition” (1991); “Bodies in Question” (2010); “What Matters Now?” (2011); and “On Violence and Memory” (2013). He was the co-curator of “Mexico Through Foreign Eyes: Photographs, 1850-1990” (1992).
Ritchin has contributed essays and articles on mass media and digital communications to several books, including Under Fire: Great Photographers and Writers on the Vietnam War (2005); The Critical Image (1990); Photo Video: Photography in the Age of the Computer (1991); A New History of Photography (1994); National Geographic Photos: Milestones (1999); The Uncanny Familiar (2011); Picturing Atrocity: Photography in Crisis (2012); Photography Changes Everything (2012); and to periodicals and catalogs, including Aperture, Camera Arts, Le Monde, The New York Times, Newsday, Nieman Reports, Print, Xposeptember, XXIst Century, and the Village Voice.
Ritchin was the recipient of the Presidential Fellowship for Junior Faculty (1994), Markle Foundation grant (1993-1994), and Hasselblad Foundation grant (1999) for the future web project “Witnessing and the Web: An Experiment in Documentary Photography.” In 1995, he was awarded the David Payne-Carter Award for Teaching Excellence. Ritchin was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Public Service by the New York Times for the Web site, “Bosnia: Uncertain Paths to Peace” (1996). He also created the first multimedia version of the daily New York Times in 1994-95. In 2012 he was given a lifetime achievement award in Tucumán, Argentina, at the Documentary Photography Biennial. Ritchin lectures and conducts workshops internationally on new media and documentary.