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Wednesday, June 02, 2004

Is digital photography an entirely new medium?

Fred Ritchin (bio below) director of Pixelpress, said today at the 11th World Editor's Forum that the consequences of the digital photography revolution are unknown. "We think it is the old medium, just more efficient, but there are bigger differences," he noted. Recently, the most prominent photographs shot in Iraq were taken digitally by amateurs, and not by professional photographers, who were instead taking staged photographs, Ritchins noted. "What is wrong with the system, when professional photographers take staged photgraphs", he asked. One benefit of the digitql revolution should be that photgraphy can now show mulitple perspectives and give more context, Ritchens pointed out.

Fred Ritchin is director of PixelPress, an organization working at the intersection of new media, human rights and documentary. PixelPress has worked in collaboration with humanitarian organizations to end polio globally, to explain international humanitarian law, and to explore the juvenile justice system. PixelPress also publishes an online journal, www.pixelpress.org, that received the Pictures of the Year International award for best multimedia publication (small circulation) in 2003.

Ritchin is also associate professor of Photography and Imaging at New York University?s Tisch School of the Arts and former Photo Editor of the New York Times Magazine. He also founded and directed the Photojournalism and Documentary Photography educational program at the International Center of Photography.

Ritchin created, with photographer Gilles Peress, the Web site for the New York Times, ?Bosnia: Uncertain Paths to Peace,? which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in public service in 1997. He is the author of In Our Own Image: The Coming Revolution in Photography and several essays on the history of photography. He also writes for many newspapers and magazines worldwide.

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