The Virtual and the Physical: Responses to Photography in the Digital Age

Location: Photoville Pavilion

Date: Saturday, September 12th

Time: 1:00PM-2:00PM

Featuring: Fred Ritchin (Moderator), Rita Leistner, and Penelope Umbrico


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Contemporary artists reflect on the medium of photography itself and how technology impacts communication in the digital age.

Related Exhibition:
Rita Leistner – Looking for Marshall McLuhan in Afghanistan: From Smartphone to Palladium

Ritchin_Fred_WEBFred Ritchin is Dean of the School at ICP (International Center of Photography) which serves more than 5,000 students each year in graduate, certificate, continuing education, and youth photography programs. Prior to joining ICP, Fred Ritchin was professor of Photography and Imaging at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where he continues to serve as co-director of the NYU/Magnum Foundation Photography and Human Rights educational program. Previously the picture editor of the New York Times Magazine (1978–82), executive editor of Camera Arts magazine (1982–83), and founding director of the Photojournalism and Documentary Photography Program at the International Center of Photography (1983–86), Ritchin has written and lectured internationally about the challenges and possibilities implicit in the digital revolution. He is the author of three books on the future of imaging: In Our Own Image: The Coming Revolution in Photography (1990,1999, 2010), After Photography (2008), and Bending the Frame: Photojournalism, Documentary, and the Citizen (2013).

Rita Leistner Headshot 1600x2000 (for web)_WEBAward-winning photographer, writer and educator Rita Leistner’s varied career has taken her from academia to war and back again, intersecting the genres of art, photojournalism and literary criticism. She is a graduate of the International Center of Photography in New York and has a Master of Arts degree in comparative literature from the University of Toronto where she teaches the history of photojournalism and documentary photography. Her recent book, Looking for Marshall McLuhan in Afghanistan, was shortlisted for the 2015 Marshall McLuhan Award for Outstanding Book in the Field of Media Ecology. She is co-author of several other books including Unembedded: Four Independent Photojournalists on the War in Iraq and The Edward Curtis Project: A Modern Picture Story. Her photography has been exhibited and published internationally and her articles, essays and reviews have appeared in numerous magazines and books. Rita Leistner is represented by the Stephen Bulger Gallery. She has also planted over a million trees in Canada.

unnamed (2)_WEB01 Penelope Umbrico is a photo-based artist whose installations, video, and digital media works explore the ever-increasing production and consumption of images on the Internet. Utilizing photo-sharing and consumer websites as an expansive archive, she navigates between producer and consumer, local and global, and the individual and the collective, with attention to the technologies that produce (and are produced by) these forces. Her work questions the idea of the democratization of media, where pre-scripted images, made with tools programmed to function in predetermined ways, stake a claim to authorship, subjectivity and individuality. She views all the images within this emergent environment as evidence of something other than what they depict.

Her work is exhibited internationally and is in the permanent collections of the Guggenheim Museum; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; Museum of Modern Art, NY; Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego; Perez Art Museum Miami, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, among others. She is the recipient of numerous awards including a recent Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship. Aperture published her monograph, (photographs) (2011) and Range (2014) and Out of Order (2014) was published by RVB Paris. She is represented by Mark Moore Gallery, Culver City.