Expanding the theme for this week, the 2:00 lectures examine the ethical lens of photography through which to see the issues that hold us accountable as humans for the quality of life among us and for our stewardship of the planet that we share as home. Ethical issues revealed by photography include war and genocide, marketplace and commerce, technology, journalism, and religion -- and the power of photography to engender spiritual activism will also be explored.
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.