Writings & Talks / Books

Here is a selection of some of my writings from books (Books) and periodicals (Writings) as well as videos of Talks from the last four decades, with short descriptions that I have added to put them in context. It will be updated from time to time.

In Our Own Image

The Coming Revolution in Photography
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After Photography

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Bending The Frame

Photojournalism, Documentary, and the Citizen
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Other books:

The Eternal Present and the Contested Past

The Eternal Present and the Contested Past

Anton Kusters, 1078 Blue Skies, 4432 Days (Teun van der Heijden, 2020)

“Parsing the Paradigm”

Karen Fromm, Images in Conflict (Jonas Verlag, Germany 2019)

“Afterword: The Lens and the Algorithm: From Reification to New Liquidities”

Aileen Blaney and Chinar Shah, Photography in India: From Archives to Contemporary Practice (Bloomsbury, New York and London 2018)

“An Elusive Peace”

Inbal Abergil, N.O.K./Next of Kin (Daylight Books, 2017)

“The Agony and the Artifice”

Debi Cornwall, Welcome to Camp America: Inside Guantánamo Bay (Radius Books, New Mexico 2017)

“Introduction: Questions, Hidden by the Answers”

Fred Ritchin and Carole Naggar, Magnum Photobook: The Catalogue Raisonné (Phaidon, London/New York 2016)

“Parsing the Revolution”

Joan Fontcuberta, La Condition Post-Photographique/The Post-Photographic Condition (Kerber Verlag, Berlin 2016)

“Questioning the Afterwar”

Meinrad Schade, War Without War, Photographs of the Former Soviet Union (Verlag, Scheidegger and Spiess, Switzerland 2015)

“Of Slow Photographs and Stillborn Dreams”

Donna Decesare, Unsettled/Desasosiego: Children in a World of Gangs (University of Texas Press, 2013)


Jurek Wajdowicz, Liminal Spaces (Lars Müller, Switzerland 2013)

“Toward a Hyperphotography”

Geofrey Batchen, Mick Gidley, Nancy K. Miller, Jay Prosser, Picturing Atrocity: Photography in Crisis (Reaktion Books, 2012)

“The Image Wars”

The Uncanny Familiar – Images of Terror (C/O Berlin, 2011)

“Felice Beato: First War Photographer”

Anne Lacoste, Felice Beato: A Photographer on the Eastern Road (Getty Publications, Los Angeles 2010)

“Photography Changes How News is Reported”

Marvin Heiferman, Photography Changes Everything (Smithsonian Institution/Aperture, New York 2012)

“Parsing the Wound”

Catherine Leroy, Under Fire: Great Photographers and Writers in Vietnam (Random House, 2005)
The Critical Mirror

Larry Fink

World Press Photo This Critical Mirror, 1995  

“The History of Photographic Reportage”

Michel Frizot, The Encyclopedia of Photography (Editions Adam Biro, Paris 1994)

“Time Travels”

Carole Naggar and Fred Ritchin, Mexico Through Foreign Eyes: Photographs 1850-1990 (W.W. Norton, 1993)

“The end of photography as we have known it”

Paul Wombell, PhotoVideo: Photography in the Age of the Computer (Rivers Oram Press, England 1991)

“Photojournalism in the Age of Computers”

Carol Squiers, The Critical Image: Essays on Contemporary Photography (Bay Press, Seattle 1990)

“The Lyric Documentarian”

An Uncertain Grace: The Photographs of Sebastião Salgado (Aperture, 1990)

“What is Magnum?”

Jean Lacouture, William Manchester and Fred Ritchin, In Our Time: The World as Seen by Magnum Photographers (W. W. Norton, New York 1989)