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Rita Leistner

Océanne Bourque

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  • 2016
    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