Franco Benti by Rita Leistner
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Pigment print on Hahnemühle Photo Silk Baryta Paper flush mounted to Dibond With aluminum hanging extrusion system
Signed, titled, dated, and editioned, au mount verso
Printed in 2017
Edition of 7 plus 2 APs
Award-winning photographer, writer, and educator, Rita Leistner's varied career has taken her from academia to war and back again, intersecting the genres of art, photojournalism, and literary criticism. She is a graduate of the International Center of Photography in New York and has a Master of Arts in comparative literature from the University of Toronto, where she has also previously taught the history of photojournalism and documentary photography. Her first sole-authored book, Looking for Marshall McLuhan in Afghanistan, was shortlisted for the 2015 Marshall McLuhan Award for Outstanding Book in the Field of Media Ecology. She is co-author of several other books including Unembedded: Four Independent Photojournalists on the War in Iraq and The Edward Curtis Project: A Modern Picture Story. Her photography has been exhibited and published internationally, and her articles, essays, and reviews have appeared in numerous magazines and books including Julian Stallabrass's Memories of Fire: Images of War and the Wars of Images and Michael Kamber's Photojournalists on War: The Untold Stories from Iraq. In 2015, she completed work on a ten-year trilogy project in the Levant, which includes the award-winning film Miklat. Leistner was also a finalist for the 2017 Robert Gardner Fellowship in Photography at Harvard.
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The Tree Planters Statement (PDF)
Rita Leistner: Everybody Cries In The Cut Block - drool., October 2017
Rita Leistner Award-Winning Photojournalist - Battle Zine, January 2016
First New Book of 2014 is a Doosie! - ICP Library, January 2014
Looking for Marshall McLuhan in Afghanistan (Part I) - Literary Review of Canada, February 2012
Looking for Marshall McLuhan in Afghanistan (Part II) - Literary Review of Canada, March 2012
Confessions of a digital naive - MC Reviews
Marshall McLuhan, Green Lantern and the War In Afghanistan - University of Toronto
Rita Leistner - Widewalls