Parallel Worlds: Explorations in "Second Life" with panelists Fred Ritchin, NYU professor and a contributing editor of Aperture; Michael Van Horn, curator of the Joseph Monsen Collection in Seattle; Richard Minsky, founder of SLART magazine; and Michael Schmelling, photographer.
Presented in association with the first of a series of articles in Aperture wherein Fred Ritchin explores "postphotographic" media and emerging technology, this discussion focuses on the 3D virtual world Second Life, created entirely online by its residents- The New School
Richard Minsky is the founder of SLART magazine, a critical review and journal of Second Life art.
Fred Ritchin was a picture editor of The New York Times Magazine from 1978-82. He was executive editor of Camera Arts magazine from 1982-83, and founding director of the Photojournalism and Documentary Photography 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.
Currently, Ritchin is an Associate Professor of Photography and Communications at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and an adjunct at Temple University's senior lecture Journalism department and the director of PixelPress.
Michael Schmelling is a photographer whose work has appeared in such publications as the New York Times Magazine and Wired, and has recently completed a commissioned project on Second Life.
Michael Van Horn
Michael Van Horn, curator of the Joseph Monsen Collection in Seattle, who has organized shows about and within Second Life.