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A man carries a child as another lies dead after two explosions on a beach in Gaza, July 16, 2014.
The Backstory

Why Violent News Images Matter

A recent slew of situations resulting in catastrophic violence and death has led to a renewed debate as to what kinds of imagery media outlets should be expected to show, writes Fred Ritchin

John Stanmeyer—VII for National Geographic
Out There

What the World Press Photo of the Year Means for Photography

The underlying message of this year’s World Press Photo selection can be seen then as a nod to the increasingly pivotal role of social media.

Syria War Crimes Evidences
The Backstory

Syrian Torture Archive: When Photographs of Atrocities Don’t Shock

Fred Ritchin writes for LightBox on the power of photographs, or lack thereof, following the leak of a 55,000 photograph archive by a Syrian military police photographer documenting the deaths of some 11,000 detainees who had been executed, and in many cases tortured.

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The Backstory

Superstorm Sandy, One Year Later: Self-Portraits by Communities in Distress

One year ago, more than 800,000 photos were uploaded and tagged as Superstorm Sandy made landfall. On the anniversary of the devastating storm, Fred Ritchin writes for LightBox on the power of the photograph as self-documentary in 2013.

Rolling Stone Tsarvaev cover
The Backstory

War of Images: Rolling Stone, Tsarnaev and the Branding of a Tragedy

Fred Ritchin writes for LightBox on the photographic branding and rhetoric of the modern villain following the Boston bombings.

Jennifer Karady
Out There

What a Photograph Can Accomplish: Bending the Frame by Fred Ritchin

On the advent of his newest book, Fred Ritchin writes on the power of the photograph in the modern era and the relationship between social justice and photojournalism.

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