Bending the Frame: Photojournalism, Documentary, and the Citizen


This book is on the recommended reading list for the DIC course.  Having enjoyed reading Ritchin’s After Photography, I had no hesitation in picking up this book.  I was also very aware from the book description, that this would be a really useful text for my third assignment, the critical essay.

This book expands upon Ritchin’s thoughts about the evolving nature of photography and the media in the digital era.  He starts by asking the reader:

“What do we want from this media revolution?  Not just where is it bringing us — where do we want to go?  When the pixels start to settle, where do we think we should be in relation to the media — as producers, subjects, viewers?  Since all media inevitably change us, how do we want to be changed?”

Ritchin address these issues using insightful examples taken from both historical and contemporary photographic practice.  His writing is intelligent and engaging, and it is hard not to be captivated by his words.  Indeed, having finished the book, I find myself frequently returning to thoughts about what the future holds for the medium of photography.

Ritchin, F. (2013) Bending the Frame: Photojournalism, Documentary, and the Citizen. Aperture Foundation: New York.